If you know fashion, you know the Antwerp Six. They cemented their mark in fashion history in the 80's, when they decided to rent a truck and head to London Fashion Week. All of them, freshly graduated from Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium, they were eager and fearless to make their mark in the fashion world. As avant garde fashion designers, they brought new ideas and pushed the limits of fashion experimentation.
ANTWERP ROYAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS
Now considered one of the most famous fashion schools in the world, the Antwerp Six, has marked Antwerp as a true fashion zone. At the Academy they were all taught by
WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK
Walter Van Beirendonck Designs are inspired by the visual arts, literature, nature and ethnic influences. His unusual color combinations, strong graphic influence, and whimsical comedy are characteristic for his collections. In 1997, he designed the costumes for U2 "Pop Tour". In 1999, he was awarded the honorary title of "Cultural Ambassador of Flanders". In 2001, he curated the 'Fashion 2001 Landed-Geland' project in Antwerp.
DRIES VAN NOTEN
Marina Yee is considered the 'odd one out', and the most rebellious and artistic of the group. Her drive and need for artistic freedom and independence, however, conflicted with the demands of the conventional fashion industry. After the Six, she lived in Paris from '89 to '92, with her then-partner and colleague designer, Martin Margiela. Since 2000, armed with her deliberate multi-faceted 'chameleon' vision on fashion and art and where these two meet, Marina Yee styles herself as a inter- and multidisciplinary artist. She has been connected with a art gallery in Antwerp where she exhibits her collages and paintings.
DIRK VAN SAENE
Dirk van Saene maintains a private label, and maintains a limited selection of shops worldwide. He is a minimalist and never compromises his eccentric, and heartfelt vision.
His fashion collections often feature his hand-painted clothing and printed reproductions of his paintings on fabric.
He is also a visionary of "Ceramics," the artist has collaborated with craftsmen across Europe to produce a body of works that encompasses not just ceramics, but wood-work, glass-work and more, all integrated in a sculptural gesamtkunstwerk.