Steven De Wilde 1970 • Renée 2012

SOLO SHOW AT PAUL SMITH SHOP ANTWERP 17th May - 15th June

My love for drawing and painting, which formed a common thread through my childhood and teenage years, has again, after many years, paved a way to the surface. After having made countless dream dresses for as many brides for 20 years, the time had come to breathe new life into my old love.
I wanted to lose myself in a world where I didn't have to make any compromise, where anything would be possible and where all the beautiful things that had ever crossed or would cross my eyes, could play a key role in decorative scenes.

That's why I started thinking about a way in which my inspiration, imagination and creativity could run free in an international story,  In this way, slowly but surely the idea emerged to create a character with a story, a kind of patron. Someone with a great personality, elegant but especially sophisticated, with a love for jewelry. She would not be following a 'trend' and would never go out too exposed or overdressed. The look in her eyes would radiate tranquility, a little dreamy even but very pleasing to look at. While everything around her is specified in detail, she appears to be rather plain. She is and remains a fantasy figure, hence my conscious choice to not make her too "realistic". She not only had to be very recognizable because of the shape (one moment longer and more voluminous then the other) and especially the color of her hair, I wanted her name to sound short, powerful and internationally. So, slowly but surely, "Renée" was born.

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