Ingrid Van de Wiele spring—summer 1998.
Ingrid Van de Wiele took her first steps in the fashion world more than ten years ago, but since she launched a collection under her own name onto the market six years ago, those steps have become great strides. She now has sales outlets all over the world and her own shop in Antwerp and Tokyo.
The striking elements in Van de Wiele’s collection are the pure lines, the perfect finish, the restrained colours and the redefined materials. Her clothes tell the muted story of the quest for the perfect form, and the adept use of nips and tucks. This quest is halted momentarily for the presentation of new summer and winter collections and is then meticulously continued. Materials are given a new use: like the textile wallpaper with the appearance of imitation velvet, aluminium thread combined with nylon for a blouse, paper for a jacket. The colours are restrained (black, grey, beige, white) so that the material becomes almost intangible and nothing interferes with the purity of the form.