Selected by WBDM for its international events
Though he may be of Belgian birth, it would be a mistake to confine him to one country. Since his victory in Hyères in 2008, Jean-Paul Lespagnard has engaged in an ever-greater number of projects and collaborations, with meticulousness, vision, and a sense of the unorthodox that have always led him where he wanted to go.
For almost 10 years, Jean-Paul Lespagnard – with his uncommon, engaging and relentless personality – has designed costumes for renowned choreographers such as Meg Stuart, Gilles Jobin, Damien Jalet, and Boris Charmatz. He has also restyled cult items (among them Eastpack’s backpack – a brand near and dear to his heart since his teenage years – and the creations of Galler Chocolatier, including the legendary Eastern Eggs), and collaborated with both Mexican prisoners and patients in mental health facilities to create accessories.