Antwerp is home to a dynamic fashion community. Much of the generation that first came to prominence during the 1980s as the ‘Antwerp Six’ still live and work in the city. Many talented young designers have since graduated from the Fashion Department of the Antwerp Academy and gone on to achieve international success. What unites these designers is not a style but a sensibility – respect for technical skills and quality materials, and a highly individual fashion vision.
Groundbreaking designers such as Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Dirk Bikkembergs, Marina Yee, Dirk Van Saene and Walter Van Beirendonck redefine fashion in the 1980s.
The 6 + Martin Margiela draw international attention to Antwerp, which sees the emergence of a new generation including Raf Simons, Veronique Branquinho and A.F. Vandevorst.
The emergence of designers such as Bruno Pieters, Christian Wijnants, Haider Ackermann and Tim Van Steenbergen who create new templates for a career in fashion.
As designers from the city cement their reputations, recent graduates from the Academy continue to make waves here and on the international circuit.