As a fashion city Antwerp owes its reputation to the pioneers of the fashion movement, the so-called ‘Antwerp Six’: Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee travelled to London and Paris together in the Eighties as well as Martin Margiela (the seventh). Together the Antwerp six have conquered the fashion world with their very distinct vision of fashion.
In the wake of this inspirational “Antwerp SIx” movement a new generation of fashion designers entered the field in the Nineties: Lieve Van Gorp, Anna Heylen, Stephan Schneider, Wim Neels and Christophe Broich. The movement has grown ever since. Raf Simons, Veronique Branquinho, A.F. Vandevorst, Jurgi Persoons, Angelo Figus, Bernhard Willhelm, Bruno Pieters, Tim Van Steenbergen, Anke Loh, Dirk SchÃ¶nberger, Marjolijn Van den Heuvel, Christian Wijnants, Haider Ackermann, Erik Verdonck, Tom Notte and Bart Vandebosch for Les Hommes are all designers who have studied in Antwerp and still have an atelier, showroom or store in Antwerp.
Since 2002 the fashionable city of Antwerp also has its own fashion centre: the ModeNatie. In this unique building in the historic center of Antwerp the Flanders Fashion Institute, the Antwerp Fashion Academy, an artistic book store and a brasserie have all found a new home.
The high point of the Antwerp fashion season is the yearly fashion show of the Antwerp Academy, which draws more than 6,000 international visitors.
The Antwerp Six has put Belgium’s Antwerp on the map of fashion lovers from around the world thus making Antwerp itself fashionable…
The Belgian city of fashion is also World’s Diamond City
The Antwerp Six