Article: Christopher George
Walter Van Beirendonck traces the history of masks. POWERMASK: The POWER of Masks illuminates the many different aspects of masks, from supernatural to rituals, fashion, and fetish, and their influence on artists like André Breton, Pablo Picasso and even Brueghel, as well as designers such as Martin Margiela and Thom Brown.
Masks over millennium have captured the imagination: Where dose one's identity stop and the transformation start to take place when someone puts on a mask?
Powermask calls into question the border between traditional renewal, between uncovering and covering up, thereby connecting the past with the present across different cultures.
Fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck's personal fascination into a particular and varied view of the phenomenon bring together an incredible digest covering the themes, creative and symbolic uses of the mysterious mask. Since ascending to fame in the 1980s as part of the Antwerp Six, Van Beirendonck has incorporated masks into his collections throughout his career as a designer.
Powermask bring together this vast collection of image and literature in one book, creatively directed and researched with some fascinating tails of the mask, creative endeavours, fashion icons and poetic statement.
"Under this mask, another mask.
I will never finish removing all these faces"
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