Fashion Antwerp Academy 50

Author(s): Suzy Menkes

contemporary fashion

The Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp is undoubtedly one of the world's most prestigious fashion design schools. The Fashion Department, dedicated to fashion and theatre costume design was, founded 50 years ago by Mary Prijot. From the 1980s, under the inspired leadership of Linda Loppa and Walter Van Beirendonck, respectively, the school underwent unprecedented internationalisation and professionalisation. The generation of Martin Margiela and the Antwerp Six - Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs, Walter Van Beirendonck and Marina Yee - played a crucial role in this process. This book takes a closer look at the 50-year history of the Antwerp Fashion Department, its exceptional educational methodology, the annual year-end fashion shows and the work of its various generations of graduates, including such resounding names as Veronique Branquinho, An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx (A.F. Vandevorst), Bernhard Willhelm, Peter Philips, Olivier Rizzo, Bruno Pieters, Kris Van Assche, Christian Wijnants, Peter Pilotto and Haider Ackermann, many of whom grew to become internationally admired designers, stylists, art directors or makeup artists, or to fi ll in fluential positions for or behind the scenes of the renowned fashion houses. With the help of unique written and visual documentation of the Antwerp Fashion Department, this book illustrates how it has been at the heart of the Antwerp fashion story for more than 50 years.


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Suzy Menkes is a British fashion journalist and since 1988 linked to the International Herald Tribune. She previously participated in Stephen Jones & the Accent of Fashion. Hettie Judah is a British curator who writes about design in international media, such as 'The Financial Times', 'Art Review' and 'DAMn'. Currently, she is the editor at large of 'The World Magazine'. Kaat Debo is the director of the Antwerp Fashion Museum and internationally lauded for her exhibitions. She has published books with information about Walter Van Beirendonck (Dream the World Awake), Stephen Jones, Nudie Cohn and Delvaux.

General Fields

  • : 9789401409407
  • : Lannoo
  • : Lannoo
  • : September 2013
  • : December 2013
  • : January 2021
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Suzy Menkes
  • : Hardback
  • : 276