Last week for the Designer Crochet Project post we looked at a well-known brand with a lot of crochet in their lines: Dolce & Gabbana. This week we’re looking at someone whose name you may not know: Dries Van Noten.

About Fashion Designer Dries Van Noten

I’ll admit that I wasn’t familiar with this fashion designer until his name came up next in line in my alphabetical review of Simone Werle’s 50 Fashion Designers You Should Know Designer Crochet: The 50 Famous Fashion Designers Project. The book explains that he is one of “the Antwerp Six, six avant-garde Belgian designers who exerted a lasting influence on the eighties fashion scene with their conceptual garments”. That caught my attention because I love how avant-garde fashion is more art than wearable (so it’s fun to look at). Besides, the eighties definitely had their own crazy sense of style! Dries Van Noten wasn’t just an eighties designer, though. Although his first collection went straight to the racks of Barneys back then, he’s hung on with a continually growing enterprise. As of 2009 he had 400 retail stores around the world. What’s neat is that he’s a successful designer who is also humble. He makes it a point of selling creative clothing, not labels, as well as trying to create clothes that are more about the personality of the wearer than of the designer. This guy sounds cool. But does he have any crochet? Let’s take a look.

Dries Van Noten Crochet

Dries Van Noten sweater

This Dries van Noten crochet sweater has an attacked grey slim-fit Tee underneath

Vintage gold and black Dries van Noten crochet sweater via If I Owned a Boutique

Polyvore says this is a Dries van Noten crochet scarf but I’ve seen it listed as knit elsewhere. Not sure.

Wearing Crochet with Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten designs are already so bold that it’d be tough to wear other crochet with the brand’s statement pieces. My suggestion? I’d wear my own crochet with some bold Dries van Noten shoes that hint at crochet style like these:

Dries Van Noten Designs That Should be Redone in Crochet!

I’d love to see this knit Dries van Noten cardigan in a combo of fabric and crochet

Could this Dries Van Noten Brocade Robbin Coat With Fur Lapel be reinvented with crochet motifs and novelty yarn?

Diane Pernet shared this embroidered Dries van Noten designer jacket. Couldn’t it be fun with crochet embellishment in place of embroidery?

Is this a fashion designer you already knew about?


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