“It’s best to sleep on it” says the proverb (in French: “la nuit porte conseil”: “the night brings wisdom”). The young Belgian designer Xavier Delcour has turned this proverb around as the basis of his design credo: it is built on a nocturnal atmosphere. Born in Tournai, he moved to Brussels to follow the Fashion Design course at the La Cambre College of Art in 1988. He was far from a model student: having escaped the clutches of his family, he preferred dancing the night away in strobe-lit clubs rather then assiduously attending his design classes. However, his constant immersion in the nocturnal world was to be a strong influence when he began to design clothes, and many of his collections hint at the “black-and-glitter” look he fondly remembers from that period
His neglect of his studies led to him being disciplined twice during his time at La Cambre, but it didn’t prevent him designing an evening-wear collection, which he showed at fashion shows held in the city’s night clubs!
Seeing the growing “romance” between Brussels and Hyères, where his fellow La Cambre students were enjoying success at the Hyères Young Designers Fashion Festival, our budding designer decided to submit his designs to the festival in 1993. On that occasion he was unsuccessful, but, undaunted, he tried again in 1995 and this time, not only did the jury of fashion professionals award him the Best Menswear Collection Prize, but the press corps awarded him their Prize.
His first collection was shown in Paris in 1997, and since then his talent has become more and more obvious as he continues his adventurous exploration of mens’ fashion. Financial difficulties have led him to suspend his personal collection for a while, but he has not given up hope of re-launching it in the future. For the last two years, he has been working, among others, with the prestigious shoemaker JM Weston, for whom he has created some remarkable designs. The Paris fashion world awaits his return with impatience.