Bernhard Willhelm & Jutta Kraus @ Groninger Museum.

Antwerp's Groninger Museum, yesterday opened its doors to a major solo exhibition of the work of my favourite designer Bernhard Willhelm and his partner in crime Jutta Kraus.

The exhibition features an extensive collection of their unconventional fashions from over 30 collections, including men's and women's wear created during their 10 year partnership. After studying at the Royal Academy for Visual Arts in Antwerp (Willhelm) and the University of Westminster, London (Kraus), they joined forces in 1999 to begin a clothing line under Willhem's name. Right from the outset they created a unique brand with an individual style and unworldly imagination.

Bernhard's creation for Bjork's 2007 Volta album cover

If you are unable to make it to Antwerp, a book is available to buy on the Groninger website (29.50 Euro) with more than 500 illustrations celebrating the past ten years. The book also offers a previously unpublished overview of the duo's work, and contains contributions by author Ingborg Harms and fashion Theorist Francesca Granata.

The exhibition runs until 11th April 2010.

Photos by Georgette Koning.

Groninger Museum