Antwerp, the fashion history

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:

S/S 2012 RTW show. Photo:

S/S 2012 RTW show. Photo:

And a (relatively) recent look from Marina Yee:

Photo: bleuissante blog

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.

Dirk’s latest: a scarf for Delvaux.  Photo:

a Dirk Van Saene look from back in the day. Photo: bleuissante blog

Always a fan of sexy underpinnings, Dirk Bikkembergs is probably best known for his men’s casual wear (especially underwear – not pictured here).

photo: Dirk Bikkembergs online boutique

S/S 1997 runway show. Photo: bleuissante blog

And for those who are regular followers of this blog, you know I LOVE Dries Van Noten….

S/S 2012 RTW show.  photo:

F/W 2009 RTW show. Photo:

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.

S/S 2012 RTW show. Photo:

S/S 2006 RTW show. Photo:

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!

À demain,


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