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Parent categories: Antwerpen
Related: Antwerp fashion - 1980s
People: Ann Demeulemeester - Dirk Bikkembergs - Dries Van Noten - Marina Yee - Dirk Van Saene - Walter Van Beirendonck
After Antwerp fashion designers had scored a number of successses in the national Gouden Spoel (Golden Spool) competition, the Antwerp fashion world really took off in march 1988. That was the year six young designers, namely Dirk Bikkembergs, Ann Demeulemeester, Walter van Beirendonck, Dries Van Noten, Dirk van Saene and Marina Yee took part in the British Designer Show in London. To everyone's surprise, they were the indisputable revelation of this international fashion trade fair and they soon became known as the 'Antwerp Six'. And they created a furore. [Jan 2006]
ProfileThe Antwerp Six refers to a group of influential fashion designers from Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts that emerged in the 1980s and presented a distinct vision for fashion that established Antwerp as a notable location for fashion design.
Martin Margiela is often erroneously credited as member of the Antwerp Six too, though he was only part of the second generation, together with designers such as Lieve van Gorp. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antwerp_Six [Jan 2005]
The second wave
Their successors from the Antwerp Academy are also doing extremely well. Raf Simons, Anna Heylen, Sarah Corynen, Stephan Schneider, Kristof de Muynck, Veronique Branquinho to name but a few, are since long familiar names on the international catwalks.
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