IDEAT - The inspiring world of Aline Walther, The Creative Brain behind G.o.D

In a recent feature on IDEAT's Website, Aline goes in conversation with Lisa Aelvoet, sharing insights into some of her favorite objects, revealing sources of inspiration, and delving into the philosophy behind her workflow.


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In her home in Antwerp, which she shares with her partner Keith, Aline surrounds herself with objects that are not only aesthetically appealing but also carry deeper meanings. Each piece narrates a story, ranging from their travels to their philosophy on life and design.

Two straw figurines from Tokyo
During a visit to a flea market in the temple gardens of Tokyo, Aline came across two small straw figurines. "These markets take place in different temples and yield the coolest finds. These figurines, made of rice straw, are temple offerings. One is shaped like a little man, and the other like a horse, intended to bring prosperity to farmers," explains Aline. "Similar to voodoo dolls, but meant to attract good spirits. I was fascinated by the story and meaning behind these little dolls."

A ceramic bell and a sake carafe
Another cherished item for Aline is a small ceramic bell, intended as an amulet to ward off evil spirits. "In addition to the bell, I have a miniature sake carafe, also from Japan. I have a passion for ceramics, and although I don't often find the time to practice it myself, I love getting my hands in the clay," shares Aline. These objects serve as tangible reminders of her love for craftsmanship and the small pleasures of life.

A goddess from Ibiza
While on Ibiza 
Aline discovered a miniature figurine of a mermaid created by a local Spanish artist. "It's a Venus figurine, a symbol of femininity, and it aligns perfectly with the values we pursue in our brand and personal lives," says Aline. This small figurine, only five centimeters tall, symbolizes the strength and beauty of the feminine, values deeply embedded in the DNA of Girls of Dust.

These objects are more than mere decoration; they represent talismans that remind Aline of her travels, inspirations, and the values she holds dear. "We design our collection with the same principles: authenticity, craftsmanship, and a profound respect for materials and production processes," Aline adds. "It's not about following trends but creating timeless pieces that resonate with our personal values and aesthetics."

Architecture and art as a source of inspiration
Aline's love for design extends far beyond the realms of fashion. "In our library, you'll find more books on architecture than on fashion," she reveals. This explains the minimalist aesthetic and functional approach of Girls of Dust, where each garment combines form and function, drawing inspiration from both historical workwear and modern art and architecture. "We have a large archive of workwear, military attire, and sportswear. Our clothing is realistic, made for everyday life, but with timeless quality."

 foto: Britt Guns

Aline's fascination with architecture translates into a profound admiration for modernist and brutalist designs. "The robust concrete and organic shapes of Woning Van Wassenhove, designed by architect Juliaan Lampens, left a deep impression on me. The atmosphere was fantastic: I felt like a little child in Disneyland," Aline enthusiastically shares. "From our first time in LA, exploring the architectural route along Mulholland Drive and John Lautner's Chemosphere, to the designs of Luis Barragán in Mexico and Tadao Ando's installations on the art island Naoshima, it's these places and their stories that fascinate me."

The Eat Dust boutique in Antwerp, housed in a former bank, is more than a clothing store; it's a concept store where customers can enjoy coffee, books, records, and handmade ceramics. "Our passion extends far beyond fashion alone. We want to create a lifestyle that inspires our customers," says Aline.

The synergy of personal and professional values
Aline and her partner's deeply rooted beliefs in sustainability and ethical production not only guide their personal lives but are also fundamental to Girls of Dust. "We never formulated a marketing plan around sustainability; it's a natural part of who we are," explains Aline. The choice to produce in Europe reflects their commitment to quality, transparency, and a personal relationship with the makers. "I want to know who makes our clothing and ensure that we share the same values."


foto: Britt Guns

With seven years of experience under her belt, Aline looks optimistically towards the future of Girls of Dust. "We started with a capsule collection for women, inspired by the men's wardrobe. Now we have complete collections coexisting, and we are increasingly collaborating on unisex pieces." This evolution reflects a broader commitment to gender neutrality in fashion, with androgyny and versatility taking center stage.

Text by Lisa Aelvoet