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Marc-Philippe Coudeyre: Contemporary Belgian fashion

Monday, Jan 10, 2011, 12:54 PM / Belgium

As the son of a French scientist-father and a German mother, Marc Philippe Coudeyre’s upbringing took place in Scotland, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, France and Colombia – it was an intense journey that influenced his choice of profession and later, his designs. Being in a fortunate position to observe and experience, Marc Philippe absorbed the cultural details and differences, the colours and characteristics of each country he lived in.

Initially planning his career as an architect, he later realised fashion is where he most feels at home (with architecture remaining a design influence). “Every human has his own way of expressing himself. After studying architecture I had the feeling that the only way for me was through fashion,” realises Marc-Philippe. “Before you start building you always have to look at the context and the surroundings. Fashion works in the same way. A design has to express a legible and comprehensible concept.”

Marc Philippe graduated cum laude from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2007, with his graduation project Black Renaissance awarded the Tommy Hilfiger prize. Marc Philippe was also bestowed with the Modern Femininity award at the Lancôme Colour Design Awards, where designer Edouard Vermeulen took notice, engaging Marc Philippe to give the Belgian couture label Natan a new spirit. After designing four Edouard Vermeulen for Natan collections, Marc-Philippe Coudeyre decided it was time to develop his own projects.

His first AW2011 collection was inspired by the magical island Avalon, juxtaposed with the 1980s era of Roxy Music to offer a perfect mix of disco and medieval elements. No wonder Dolce & Gabbana selected the collection for their new concept store [Spiga2] ( also features young designers such as London-based Peter Jensen, Cooperative Designs and Felder Felder).

The SS2011 collection takes us in a completely different direction. Named Koi after the Japanese carp, a symbol of love and friendship, the collection is also inspired by the draped garments worn by geishas, resulting in a range of dresses, including easy daywear, sophisticated cocktail dresses and matching kimono-jackets. The brightly coloured variety of coral red, black, light grey, salmon and sparkling embroideries create a contrasting effect within each piece.

His current inspiration comes from the French architect Jean Nouvel, translating his designs into numerous colours and patterns to create French couture with ethnic elements - kilts, sarongs and djellabahs.

Marc Philippe collections are stocked in Knokke based store Princess Sketch, as well as in the Antwerp’s Renaissance, a new boutique that opened in September in the former Yohji Yamamoto store (next to the Antwerp Fashion Museum). All designs, encompassing perfect cut, attention to detail, and “foreign” elements, are proudly 100% made in Belgium.

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Natasha Binar | TribaSpace

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