The romance between Antwerp and fashion goes way back.Our most famous love childis the Antwerp Six.Thanks to these designers, all spotlights shine on Antwerp’s catwalks.And that reputation has not diminished – just look at their many remarkable successors.<br />
Antwerp has been investing in fashion for years.It is present here in all its forms:from an illustrious fashion programme and several ateliers to a fashion museum.That creative influence has spread across the city. You'll bump into many famous fashion houses and design shops.
De ModeNatie is the creative fashion heart of Antwerp.It houses the Fashion Museum (MOMU), the famous fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Flanders Fashion Institute (FFI).The Antwerp Six (Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Bikkenbergs, Marina Yee, Dirk Van Saene, Ann Demeulemeester and Dries Van Noten) graduated from Antwerp’s fashion academy.
The Antwerp Six took the international fashion world by storm and placed our city on the fashion map.Designers like Tim Van Steenbergen, Véronique Branquinho and Bruno Pieters followed in their wake.Today the fashion department attracts talent from around the globe and great prospects graduate every year.
Many designers remain in Antwerp and start their labels here.Their boutiques add to the famous fashion houses that settle in our city.That’s good news for fashion lovers.They’ll find everything they need to make a successful fashion statement.
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"The beautifully renovated Shopping Stadsfeestzaal on the Meir is presently a shopping centre housing over fifty shops. "
Shorter days and longer nights… Yes, autumn is here. But don’t worry, because in Antwerp we always make sure that every day and every night is simply unforgettable, with fun parties in unexpected places, concerts in palaces and exhibitions and culinary highlights in the city centre. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, we have another surprise up our sleeve for you. Book the Discover Antwerp package, spend the night in Antwerp and make the most of your stay with the Antwerp City Card that is included.
Antwerp’s latest architectural jewel is the Port House. This funky and innovative building, with roots in the past, is the new headquarters of the Antwerp Port Authority that accommodates over 500 employees. You can also plan a guided tour of the building and enjoy the panoramic view over the port and the city.
This museum is the continuation of the Of the Officina Plantiniana, founded by Christoffel Plantijn in 1555, as the first industrial printing works in history. Granted by Unesco in 2005, the museum demonstrates the entire book production process from the 15th to the 18th century.
Winter in Antwerp is the ultimate winter holiday and so much more! Between 10 December and 8 January, the entire city centre is enveloped in a cosy atmosphere on squares and shopping streets, with an outdoor ice rink, a winter bar, original and fun shops, additional retail Sundays and lots of surprises.
Set in the heart of the city’s fashion district, Antwerp’s fashion Museum is a dynamic and inspiring space with soaring ceilings and distinctive contemporary architecture. The building is also home to the Fashion Department of the Academy, and the relationship between the two institutions ensures that MoMu is very much a living museum with active links to contemporary fashion culture as well as historical expertise.
The secret Vlaeykensgang alley dates from 1591 and connects Hoogstraat, Oude Koornmarkt Pelgrimstraat with one another. Walk through the gate at Oude Koornmarkt 16 and you feel as if you have journeyed back in time. In the past this alley was where the shoemakers and the poorest people in the city lived. The shoemakers were also in charge of sounding the alarm bell of the cathedral. These days you can find antiques stores and art galleries here as well as the exclusive restaurant Sir Anthony Van Dyck. The atmosphere is very intimate which is why many people also like to come here to listen to the carillon concerts during the summertime.