Antwerp Six
The Antwerp Six refers to a group of influential avant garde fashion designers who graduated from Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts between 1980-1981. At the Academy they were taught by Linda Loppa. The fashion
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 collective presented a distinct, radical vision for fashion during the 1980s that established Antwerp as a notable location for fashion design. The breakthrough occurred in 1988 as the group rented a truck and set out for the London fashion fair with their collections. Martin Margiela
Martin Margiela
Martin Margiela is a Belgian fashion designer. He studied at Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts along with the legendary avantgarde fashion collective the Antwerp Six. Many still consider him to be the "7th" member of the collective.- Life and work:After graduation in 1980 he worked as a...

, another Belgian
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 contemporary, was not actually part of the group that showed in London
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, although he is often mistakenly described as one of the Antwerp Six; he had moved to Paris
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, where he worked initially for Jean Paul Gaultier.
  • Walter Van Beirendonck
    Walter Van Beirendonck
    Walter Van Beirendonck is a Belgian fashion designer. He graduated in 1980 from the Royal Arts Academy in Antwerp. Together with Dirk Van Saene, Dries van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Marina Yee and Dirk Bikkembergs they became known as the Antwerp Six.Since 1983, he issues his own collections...

  • Ann Demeulemeester
    Ann Demeulemeester
    Ann Demeulemeester is a fashion designer whose eponymous label 'Ann Demeulemeester' is mainly showcased at the annual Paris Fashion Week.-Early life:...

  • Dries van Noten
    Dries van Noten
    Dries Van Noten is a Belgian fashion designer and an eponymous fashion brand. In 2005, the New York Times described him "one of fashion's most cerebral designers"...

  • Dirk Van Saene
  • Dirk Bikkembergs
    Dirk Bikkembergs
    Dirk Bikkembergs is a Belgian fashion designer.-Early life and designer career:Dirk Bikkembergs was born in Cologne, Germany, In 1982, Bikkembergs graduated, together with other Belgian designers Ann Demeulemeester, Dries van Noten, Dirk van Saene, Walter van Beirendonck and Marina Yee...

  • Marina Yee

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