Designers

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.

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.

Breeding ground for talent

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 Bikkembergs, Marina Yee, Dirk Van Saene, Ann Demeulemeester and Dries Van Noten) graduated from Antwerp’s fashion academy.

Important fashion city

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, A.F. Vandervorst, Kris Van Assche, Haider Ackermann and Bruno Pieters followed in their wake.Today the fashion department attracts talent from around the globe and great prospects graduate every year.

Starting and established designers

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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