Of love, corsets and straightjackets: A.F. Vandevorst celebrates 20 years by coming undone in tome, Ende Neu
At age 18, A.F. Vandevorst's An Vandevorst hadn't had an inkling what she wanted to do in life. It took an encounter with the Royal Academy of Fine Arts' graduation runway show, on the television, to spark something in her. Husband and design partner, Filip Arickx's "moment" however, had turned up earlier. He was that fashion kid; the one obsessed with magazines throughout his teens. His first fashion show was in Paris, IRL — witnessing Jean Paul Gaultier's runway from front row at age 14 with the Antwerp Six.
Despite this, Vandevorst and Arickx gravitated towards one another upon meeting in the hallways on the first day of fashion school. Vandevorst recounts, "Was it love at first sight? No, but there was an immediate attraction." Arickx, who was placed in a different class had crashed hers just to be around her. Such romance would then go on to lace the next 20 over years.
Enshrined in Ende Neu, the Belgian duo largely known for their fascination with hospital tropes, corsetry and a deep synchrony in dark, sensuous leanings, have taken to the occassion of their label's 20-year anniversary to recollect and document. Told by Michael Schwartz and peppered with rare archival images and quotes from the industry, it is their lives from fashion awakening to cutting teeth with Margiela and Dries and, the coming of their eponymous label. Of course, landmarked by Arickx's proposal for marriage to Vandevorst right after their first eponymous runway. As Tim Blanks surmises within, "[...] their career has been a love story. It's the old yin and yang."
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