Antwerp Si6 -1

Avant garde fashion designers who graduated from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts between 1980-1981

Not just designers , they lay an important milestone in Avant garde fashion ,Walter Van BeirendonckAnn DemeulemeesterDries van NotenDirk Van SaeneDirk BikkembergsMarina Yee: In the beginning of the eighties, the designers gained a reputation all over the world and put Antwerp on the fashion map , in unique boutiques  selling all over the city.  After years of success only  few of them have disappeared and gone into their hibernation yet some have outshine in world of fashion . This is the group of Belgian designers who transformed the city into an epicenter of avant-garde fashion design in the eighties.


Walter Van Beirendonck

What goes on behind closed doors and the Dark secrets have nourished his muse. Inspired by the visual arts, literature, nature and ethnic influences. His unusual color combinations and a strong graphic influence are characteristic for his collections. In 1997, he designed the costumes for the U2 “PopMart Tour”.

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Ann Demeulemeester

Inspired by real-life poetesses, artists, adventuresses, Constantly evolving since her paris debut in 1992, the designer pays close attention to detail with a poetic air that combines deconstructed silhouettes with an ethereal form of personal expression. Her instantly recognizable aesthetic is loved by music legends and taste makers who appreciate the designer’s unique, artistic collections.

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Dries van Noten

Fashion designer and an eponymous fashion brand. In 2005, the New York Times described him “one of fashion’s most cerebral designers”.  His style is said to be “eccentric”, and fell out of favor during the long period of minimalistic fashion in the early 1990s, only to make a come back towards the mid-2000s,

By 1986 he opened his own boutique in Antwerp and in 1991 he formally launched menswear with a show in Paris, where he also went on to show womenswear since 1993. Designer’s unique poetic and cerebral look—unassuming textures, controlled layering, and most famously art-inspired prints. His style stand Unique and my favorite .

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Dirk Van Saene

As a fashion designer, Dirk van Saene has long enjoyed worldwide recognition, and his influence in the discipline cannot
be overestimated. Widely sited as a formative inspiration to a generation of younger designers.Unlike some of these colleagues,  van Saene has always maintained a small company and scale of production, outlet througha limited selection of shops worldwide, which puts the minimum pressure to compromise on his eccentric, heartfelt vision. Although “Ceramics” will be van Saene’s first exhibition of art works, fans of his clothes have long been familiar with his work  as a painter. For collection after collection has featured hand-painted clothing and printed reproductions of his paintings on fabric.

For “Ceramics,”, Van Saene lives and works in Antwerp

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When he created the design, the Antwerp creative soul was inspired by the iconic “Brillant” handbag. The silk carrés represent “Jour” and “Nuit” in two different colors. The yellow one with the red flowers stands for “Jour” and the red scarf is “Nuit”.  The models were draped on 10 vases of pottery, handmade by Dirk van Saene. Every earthenware reveals a face with specific characteristics of a topmodel from the early fifties until today.

Claudia Schiffer – the top model from Germany. She is blond and gorgeous! Why the brown color of her earthenware model? Well, she has accidently been a little bit too long in the oven. Whoops!Delvaux_DVS_016-13
Anouck Lepere – the Belgian top model, very much known for her prominent eyebrows.Delvaux_DVS_0181
Kate moss – Little Kate Moss with her almond shaped eyes shaped.

Twiggy – The British supermodel from the fifties with those amazing doll eyes.

Alek Wek – the top model from Sudan, with the amazing body and round head.

Naomi Cambell – Not the nicest person in the world apparently but the first black model on the cover of the French magazine Vogue. Well, being nice doesn’t always bring you places.

Linda Evangelista – Miss “We don’t wake up for less then a thousand dollar a day”, with the cat-like amazing eyes.


Dirk Bikkembergs

In 1996, the Bikkembergs label was introduced as a label to address a wider market. Bikkembergs early decided in his designer career to focus on football dress, considering it the universal language par excellence of the 21st century. The Belgian fashion designer is renowned for his unique capacity to confront the exclusivity of fashion with the universe of football. He was the first fashion designer ever who received permission to hold a fashion show in a football stadium.

Dirk started using the team as his laboratory for styling and fabric technology. From exclusive jackets to high-performance underwear, all his designs are now tested and promoted by football players. The Dirk Bikkembergs Group’s sponsorship of the team, now re-christened F.C. Bikkembergs Fossombrone, involved not only investment to bring in fresh talent, but also a revamp of their image.

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Marina Yee

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