The Belgian writer Jean-Philippe Toussaint had us look at fashion in a different way. Marie de Montalte is the protagonist in his cycle of novels about a designer of that name who became famous for her dresses made of honey and sorbet. The exhibition The Belgians. An Unexpected Fashion Story would not have been complete without her. At the request of BOZAR, Toussaint wrote The seasons, a literary visitors’ guide inspired by fashion. He wrote literary portraits for creations by Belgian designers. Fact and fiction intermingle. De Montalte comes to life and legendary figures like Ann Demeulemeester, Martin Margiela, Raf Simons, Walter Van Beirendonck and Dries Van Noten are elevated into the realm of fiction.
The literary guide The seasons is for sale for 2 euros at the BOZARBOUTIK.