Hopefully you read Tuesday’s blog with a fun overview of Antwerp, including some photos of the Walter Van Beirendonck.
So, what’s the big deal with Antwerp?, you ask. Well, it’s a pretty big deal in the world of fashion ever since the Antwerp 6 took London Fashion Week by storm in 1989. And they haven’t looked back!
The (in)famous Antwerp 6, below clockwise from top left: Ann Demeulemeester, Marina Yee, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Bikkembergs, Dirk Van Saene and Dries Van Noten.
Here’s a look at their work:
Ann Demeulemeester is a star of the beautiful, dark esthetic:
And a (relatively) recent look from Marina Yee:
You can see Walter Van Beirendonck‘s work on one of my blog postings from earlier this week.
Dirk Van Saene is busy these days: designing scarves for Belgian luxury leathergoods company Delvaux, teaching design at his Alma Mater, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and working on various other artistic projects.
Always a fan of sexy underpinnings, Dirk Bikkembergs is probably best known for his men’s casual wear (especially underwear – not pictured here).
And for those who are regular followers of this blog, you know I LOVE Dries Van Noten….
Having graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts just year after the ‘Antwerp 6’, Martin Margiela is considered the 7th of the ‘Antwerp 6+’. Margiela founded his own label, Maison Martin Margiela, in Paris soon after he graduated.
Travel tip: We took a fabulous tour with Antwerp history & fashion expert, Tanguy Ottomer. If you visit Antwerp, I highly recommend you see the city with Tanguy!
Up next: See what purchases I made in Antwerp!