Since his early collections, Walter has been inspired by art, music and literature, all mixed with an element of ethnic and nature influences. Walter Van Beirendonck is considered to be one of the main trend-setters in men’s fashion by the professional press, not to mention his army of trend elite followers, ready to snap up his collections straight from the catwalks each season. His designs are recognisable by either strong graphics or innovative cuts and unexpected colour combinations. His controversally memorable pieces offer a slight relief to the never ending tailored suites, skinny trousers and button down shirts that are so often the only garments on offer for men. The red thread throughout his collections shows his sense of humour, about sex especially. His continous statements about the fashion-world, relationships, nature, contempary life and society are collated within his prints and slogans.
Hey Walter, can you tell us where you're from & where do you live now? I’m Belgian, living in Zandhoven and working in Antwerp.
What is your main job title? Fashion Designer and artist.
What do you actually do day-to-day? Create.
What was your first ever job? Selling in a clothes-shop as student-job.
How did u get from there to where you are today? Working hard and keep on believing.
How did you first become interested in fashion? David Bowie and his different looks. He stimulated my interest in communication through clothes.
What’s the best bit about your job? Putting ideas on paper and drawing.
And what’s the worst? Organising production.
Are there any common misconceptions about you or your career choice? That I am funny and crazy. Actually I’m rather serious and organized. I have to be.
What advice would you give ot anyone wanting to do this? Don’t be impatient, be original,keep on believing.
What moment made you realise this was the right career for you? When i start to study in the Anwerp Academy.
Is there any other roles you would like to work in the future? Designing costumes for fantasy-movies.
What do you want to be doing in 10 years? I will be still creating.