Dries was president of the fashion jury at the 2010 Hyères festival, which is where he discovered photographer James Reeve and his work on “Lightscapes,” which captures city lights on a pitch black canvas, transforming the colourful lights into abstract shapes and forms.
“In the autumn/winter 2011 collection, I used a patchwork of different fashion prints, and for spring/summer 2012 I wanted to use prints that are not created to be printed on fabric, hence the 18th century etchings, technical drawings of butterfly wings. In my memory, I thought of James Reeve’s beautiful photographs so I thought it’d be good to contact him and see if we could collaborate,” he says.
The result includes jet black silk and cotton separates printed with colourful lightscapes from Marseilles to Las Vegas. The positioning of each print is carefully thought-out, so dots of lights on a fish-tail ruffle skirt turn into flashing lights when the skirt moves, while tops are embellished with Swarovski crystals to mirror the original prints.
“I don’t want women to wear these clothes and look like “sandwich men” wearing a photograph or a piece of art. They have to become attractive garments, therefore the way we place the stones on the garment makes them jewels, but at the same time, they are also the lights of a bridge or a fisherman boat,” he says.