Jean-Paul Lespagnard - Till We Drop

Throughout this monographic itinerary, Jean-Paul Lespagnard invites the visitor to explore his creative process, together offbeat and committed.

 

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Jean-Paul Lespagnard, a Belgian creator, laureate of the International Fashion and Photography Festival of Hyères in 2008 and who will take part in the European Capital of Culture of the city of Mons in 2015, imagined Till We Drop, and an exhibition that reflects his style: offbeat and committed.

Throughout this monographic itinerary, Jean-Paul Lespagnard invites the visitor to explore his creative process. Inspired by his eponymous collection of 2014, shown in Paris in September 2013, the project evokes the exuberant lifestyle of the prestigious hotels of the Riviera Maya in Mexico and acts as a reminder of a particular idea of artificial paradise. Euphoric worlds based on transgression and freedom.

Jean-Paul Lespagnard, disguised as a bee, leads us through a journey scattered with devices that portray the rituals, habits and customs of the impulsive tourist, freed from all material contingencies.

Jean-Paul Lespagnard charms by his derision, quite a breath of fresh air! As an autodidact, he stands out as a liberated creator, breaking away from the prevailing gloominess, and puts himself on stage in his own iconographic conceptions; whether he’s dressed up like a bee in Mexico or posing as William Tell with an orange on his head.

Reference 9782363061126
Number of pages 32
Size 15,5 x 21 cm
ISBN 9782363061126
Publication date 2014

Lespagnard (Jean-Paul)


Jean-Paul Lespagnard, born in Liège in 1979, is a Belgian designer. After studying visual arts and fashion design at Liège’s IFAPME, he worked with Anna Sui and became Annemie Verbeke’s assistant. In 2008, he participated in the 23rd edition of the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography and won the Public’s Choice. It was during that festival that he reached out to a broader audience and surprised everyone with his Belgian fried potatoes’ stand themed “Jacquelines” collection. The uniqueness, newness, and sheer originality of the presentation, narrated like an ironic and fanciful fairy tale, captivated the audience. Later, Jean-Paul Lespagnard would go on to create his own label. As the years passed, he perfected his style with collections that are both elegant and accessible. He has a gift for eloquently expressing an optimistic world where originality is tinged with amused irreverence towards the classical wardrobe. Fascinated by art in all its forms, be it popular or underground, Jean-Paul Lespagnard has had multiple collaborations with, in particular, Villa Noailles, French pop singer Yelle, choreographers Meg Stuart, Pierre Droulers, and Gilles Jobin, as well as with magazines such as Elle and Marie-Claire. In 2012, Arte and RTBF devoted a documentary to Jean-Paul. His label is currently distributed in Belgium, France, England, the Ukraine, Russia, Austria, Italy, South Korea, Japan, as well as China.

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