The influence of the Fashion Academy extends much further than the strong designers that graduate from there. Their entourage is just as important, and their influence is felt throughout the international fashion scene.
The graphic designer Paul Boudens designs prints for Haider Ackermann, Dries Van Noten, Comme des Garçons and Walter Van Beirendonck among other. He is inextricably linked with the identity of Antwerp fashion.
The photographer Ronald Stoops has worked with almost every Belgian designer from the 80s to the present day, starting with Martin Margiela and continuing with successive generations of designers. His work has become synonymous of Antwerp fashion.
The photographer Willy Vanderperre is also considered a world-class photographer. His work is published in internationally reputed fashion magazines. He often collaborates with Olivier Rizzo and the designer Raf Simons.
Vanderperre photographed Simons’s campaigns for Jil Sander, Dior and Calvin Klein, as well as for Simons’s own label.
Inge Grognard’s career as a make-up artist took off around 1985, when she collaborated on the fashion shows and photos for the leading Antwerp designers, who shot to fame around this time. She worked closely with her husband, the photographer Ronald Stoops, and created some of the most iconic images of Antwerp fashion, both on the catwalk as well as in print.
Peter Philips graduated as a fashion designer, but developed a fascination for make-up. Philips found himself in the spotlight after developing a few technical feats for Raf Simons. He collaborated on several major fashion campaigns and developed make-up for catwalk shows. He is regarded as one of the most important make-up artists in the world. He is currently Dior’s creative and image director.
The art director Bob Verhelst graduated from the Fashion Academy in 1979, the same year as Martin Margiela and Walter Van Beirendonck. He collaborated on the first Maison Martin Margiela exhibitions, installations and catwalk shows. Since 2001, he has had an international career as a scenographer for various museums. Verhelst also designed shop windows, installations and shows for designers and fashion houses such as Hermès, Cartier, Chantal Thomass, Viktor&Rolf, Ann Demeulemeester and Maison Martin Margiela.
Olivier Rizzo graduated from Antwerp’s Fashion Academy in 1993. He initially assisted various Belgian designers before starting to work as a free-lance stylist and creative consultant. He worked on productions for various leading fashion magazines, collaborating with some of the world’s best photographers. He often works with Willy Vanderperre, mostly for Raf Simons.
These various talented people help create the cross-pollinations that make Antwerp such a unique player in the world of fashion.
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