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Bernhard Willhelm in Black and White

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Professor of design at Antwerp’s Royal Academy and fashion designer, Dirk Van Saene has been known for nourishing exceptional talent in this intimate yet grueling program of fashion education. Bernhard Willhelm, the German designer, is one of the many unique creative talents to pass through Dirk’s classes. Bernhard is now famous for his outrageously tongue-in-cheek men’s and womenswear, characterized by organic patterns, prints and intricately constructed silhouettes that play between the historical and the futuristic. Dirk asked French illustrator Emmanuelle Mafille to interpret some of Bernhard’s work for a special project. Her spare line drawings mimic tribal etchings, and the use of negative space draws a sharp contrast to the reality of Bernhard’s richly hued fabrics.

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