PUKPUK, Peru Punks, Stargazers, Disco Geishas and Space Angels.
We are living in the future that Walter van Beirendonck kissed over 16 years ago. The Wild & Lethal Trash site with PUKPUK had my attention for hours that turned to days. What was I doing spending so much time at his site? Playing his video game Space Race. Turn ON the monitor and twist the dial.
It’s not easy fashion but there is technique or something more abstract. This bear and Antwerp design genius continues and will always be followed.
Walter is one of the Belgian Antwerp Six comprised of Dirk van Saene, Dries van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Marina Yee, and Dirk Bikkembergs, who all graduated from the Royal Arts Academy from 1980-82. He used fabrics developed by the very latest technologies in violently contrasting colors. He produced clothes that were full of erotic and sadomasochistic references, touched with a caustic adolescent humor. His highly confrontational approach relates to a resurgence of anti-fashion, but this time an anti-fashion with nothing in the least orientalist in its origins, instead based on science fiction that inspired displays of high-spirited provocation.
SEX ME UP WITH YOUR PHALLUS HELMUT
FASHION AT THE EDGE
Walter has an amazing design aesthetic but I will always relish the childish Sonic Beauty feel of his former brainchild, PUKPUK. Fashion is always comprised of past reference and current relative. What is your style past and fashion future? Ride the bear…Kiss the past.