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.
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.
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.
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. "
Still looking for an outfit for those hot summer days? Have you spotted the shoes of your dreams but are you balking at the price? Then don’t wait any longer but visit Antwerp, a shopper’s paradise! Make the most of the summer sales all over the city, which last until the end of July. The perfect opportunity to unleash your inner shopaholic!
Note that the shops will be open on Sunday 2 July: an additional opportunity for some bargain hunting!
Get all you can out of Antwerp! Are you interested in exploring all of Antwerp? Then use the Antwerp City Card as your guide. The card will open the nicest, tastiest and most surprising doors of the city for you, for free or at a discount. What’s more, you can choose how long you want to use it.
Antwerp is a pocket-sized city. Many of the attractions are within walking or biking distance of each other. Another way of getting around the city is on the trams and buses of De Lijn. Tip: buy your tram or bus ticket in a point of pre-sale (newsagent’s, supermarket, the vending machines at the various stops or in the visitor centres of Visit Antwerp), where tickets are cheaper.