Take a look at the quirky archive of fashion collector Myung-il Song – Fashion

In the extensive coffee table book “I’ll wear it until I’m dead”, we as readers get a unique insight into the avant-garde wardrobe of the fashion and art collector Myung-il Song. Enjoy the photos that capture the legendary collector’s archive.

“I’ll wear it until I’m dead,” Myung-il Song said of her fashion archive. The extensive collection of unique designer pieces is not a matter of course for them that collects dust in the closet. Whether a piece of clothing dates from 1996 or 2020, the collector does not turn her hand: these pieces belong out of the closet and on her body.

“My mother never really understood what it meant overclothed ‘, writes daughter Song-I Saba in’ I’ll wear it until I’m dead ‘. “I still remember the day she brought a cake to school in her tabi heels and a dress that can only be described as pastel-colored checked and inflatable. She did not notice at all that my classmates ‘and teachers’ mouths were open. ‘Every day is a party for the manager of the Viennese cult shop SONG. “We could all learn from her and remember that Earth is great fun while we’re still there,” her daughter said.

Antwerp connection

Anyone who has ever been to Praterstrasse in Vienna can confirm: SONG is not just a concept store. It’s a fashion, art, and home decor store where you can pamper your eyes and buy new talent as well as established designers. SONG also attaches great importance to Belgian fashion and the founder counts the Antwerp fashion scene among the best in the world. Over the past 21 years, Myung-il Song has built a huge fashion collection that is now being shown to the public for the first time in Lannoo’s publication.

The collection includes unique pieces by Dirk Van Saene, Martin Margiela, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dries Van Noten, Bernhard Willhelm, Stephen Jones, Kei Ninomiya, Paul Harnden Shoemakers and Balenciaga. Every piece or sub-collection was photographed anew by the internationally renowned fashion photographers Ronald Stoops, Maria Ziegelböck and Dan Hawkins and published together for the first time in this work.

The book is a creative collaboration between designer and artist Dirk Van Saene, fashion make-up artist Inge Grognard, fashion photographer Ronald Stoops and graphic designer Paul Boudens. The result is a retrospective work with interviews with Dries Van Noten and Kaat Debo as well as an exclusive conversation between Dirk Van Saene, Myung-il Song and Dominique Nzeyimana.

Balenciaga AW 2006-2007 © Dirk Van Saene
Balenciaga SS 2007, Dirk Van Saene
Balenciaga SS 2007 © Dirk Van Saene
Balenciaga SS 2008, Dirk Van Saene
Balenciaga SS 2008 © Dirk Van Saene
Dries Van Noten AW 2013-2014, Norma Kiskan
Dries Van Noten AW 2013-2014 © Norma Kiskan
Dries Van Noten AW 2013-2014, Norma Kiskan
Dries Van Noten AW 2013-2014 © Norma Kiskan
Dries Van Noten AW 2011-2012, Norma Kiskan
Dries Van Noten AW 2011-2012 © Norma Kiskan
Dirk Van Saene AW-2005-2006, MARIA ZIEGELBÖCK
Dirk Van Saene AW-2005-2006 © MARIA ZIEGELBÖCK
Dirk Van Saene SS 2000, MARIA ZIEGELBÖCK
Dirk Van Saene SS 2000 © MARIA ZIEGELBÖCK
Dirk Van Saene SS 2018, MARIA ZIEGELBÖCK
Dirk Van Saene SS 2018 © MARIA ZIEGELBÖCK
Dirk Van Saene SS 2018, MARIA ZIEGELBÖCK
Dirk Van Saene SS 2018 © MARIA ZIEGELBÖCK
Martin Margiela, Lott Donadelk
Martin Margiela © Lott Donadelk
Martin Margiela AW 2001-2002, Ronald bends down
Martin Margiela AW 2001-2002 © Ronald Stoops
Martin Margiela AW 2005-2006, Ronald bends down
Martin Margiela AW 2005-2006 © Ronald Stoops
Martin Margiela AW 2006-2007, Ronald bends down
Martin Margiela AW 2006-2007 © Ronald Stoops
Martin Margiela SS1999, Ronald bends down
Martin Margiela SS1999 © Ronald Stoops
Martin Margiela SS 2009, Ronald bends down
Martin Margiela SS 2009 © Ronald Stoops
Martin Margiela SS1999, Ronald bends down
Martin Margiela SS1999 © Ronald Stoops
Stephen Jones SS 1996, MARIA ZIEGELBÖCK
Stephen Jones SS 1996 © MARIA BRICK
Walter Van Beirendonck AW 2018-2019, MARIA ZIEGELBÖCK
Walter Van Beirendonck AW 2018-2019 © MARIA ZIEGELBÖCK
Book cover, GF
Book cover © GF

I’ll wear it till I’m dead

Authors: Myung-Il Song & Dominique Nzeyimana

English language

Editor Lannoo

Number of pages: 352 pages

Price: 69 euros

“I’ll wear it until I’m dead,” Myung-il Song said of her fashion archive. The extensive collection of unique designer pieces is not a matter of course for them that collects dust in the closet. Whether a piece of clothing dates from 1996 or 2020, the collector does not turn her hand: these pieces belong out of the closet and on her body. “My mother never really understood what it means to be dressed up,” writes daughter Song-I Saba in “I’ll wear it until I’m dead”. “I still remember the day she brought a cake to school in her tabi heels and a dress that can only be described as pastel-colored checked and inflatable. She did not notice at all that my classmates ‘and teachers’ mouths were open. ‘Every day is a party for the manager of the Viennese cult shop SONG. “We could all learn from her and remember that Earth is great fun while we’re still there,” her daughter said. Anyone who has ever been to Praterstrasse in Vienna can confirm: SONG is not just a concept store. It’s a fashion, art, and home decor store where you can pamper your eyes and buy new talent as well as established designers. SONG also attaches great importance to Belgian fashion and the founder counts the Antwerp fashion scene among the best in the world. Over the past 21 years, Myung-il Song has built a huge fashion collection that is now being shown to the public for the first time in Lannoo’s publication. The collection includes unique pieces by Dirk Van Saene, Martin Margiela, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dries Van Noten, Bernhard Willhelm, Stephen Jones, Kei Ninomiya, Paul Harnden Shoemakers and Balenciaga. Each piece or sub-collection was newly photographed by internationally renowned fashion photographers Ronald Stoops, Maria Ziegelböck and Dan Hawkins and appears together for the first time in this work. The book is a creative collaboration between designer and artist Dirk Van Saene, fashion make-up artist Inge Grognard, fashion photographer Ronald Stoops and graphic designer Paul Boudens. The result is a retrospective work with interviews with Dries Van Noten and Kaat Debo as well as an exclusive conversation between Dirk Van Saene, Myung-il Song and Dominique Nzeyimana.