Royal Academy Antwerp

Royal Academy Antwerp

Wrap her in upholstery: Jack Davey’s Featuring Daphne

Jack Davey made one of the most memorable collections of the Royal Academy of Art Antwerp’s graduate shows in the past few years. But...

Antwerp Fashion Department SHOW 2016

"There was so much love, you could feel the heart and soul of the students and the faculty in the work," said Simone Rocha...

The Antwerp 16: Stefan Kartchev

One of the most striking features of ‘The Fourth Dimension’, a short film by the Polish director Zbigniew Rybczyński, is the way in which...

The politics of glam with Antwerp student Kjell de Meersman

Kjell de Meersman likes things “fast, sharp and shiny.” In June, the 22-year-old Antwerp student presented his third year BA collection based on six...

Jan-Jan van Essche: the fashion designer embracing slowness

Talking with Jan-Jan van Essche in a tiny courtyard at the back of his Solar Shop in Antwerp — in which one can buy collected objects of desire as well as his clothing — is like being pushed into a meditative state. On day two of a trip to the Belgian city, I meet the fashion designer who takes a very craft-based and non-seasonal approach to creating garments with soul and longevity, and it takes a mental effort to adapt to his stillness when living and working in a city as fast-paced as London. His long dreadlocks are draped on the table between us, on which a glass of water stands, and a phone. Halfway through the conversation, his friend Charlotte Koopman — a chef who creates food in Het Bos that tastes as soulful as Jan-Jan’s clothes (a testimony: we ate it) — pops in and out of a kitchen at the very back of the shop. The conversation we had on one of the hottest days of the year, while both wearing black, follows below.

The Antwerp Sixteen: Sanan Gasanov

Think Antwerp, and the avant-garde workings of the Antwerp Six come to mind, but the city continues to produce outstanding up-and-coming talents today that...

Royal Academy of Art Antwerp’s Casper Werner: seduction with a lick...

What is at the core of your collection?  One of the assignments was to start a diary of our summer holiday while looking at a...

Clara Huber means more than pretty colours

Antwerp student Clara Huber took a break from education after her second year, and it might’ve been the best decision yet. After three months...

Stephan Schneider: stop showing, start selling

Stephan Schneider is not your ordinary ‘Belgian’ designer. As one of the first foreign generations to graduate from the Antwerp Fashion Department in the 90s, the German-born designer is “for sure not Boheme, radical, dark or gothic,” he says as he compares himself with the Antwerp Six, and past graduates from the institution that have established a distinct ‘made in Belgium’ signature. His clothes, in contrast, are very ‘wearable’: something that may be considered very mature or even ‘commercial’ compared to the extravagancy seen at the students’ final year show of the Academy, where he acted as a jury member this year. In a much accelerated industry, Stephan keeps his head cool and doesn’t go through as much change as perhaps other brands would. In fact, the leopard print carpet in his shop is exactly the same as it was when he first opened it 20 years ago. The age doesn’t show in the interior, and neither does it show in Stephan’s energy when he talks about his steady career. “I enjoy this old dusty house,” he says. “I wanted to make fashion that was solid and that I could live from.”

The Antwerp Sixteen: Rushemy Botter

1. His collection was sparked by a chance encounter with a little boy during a holiday in the Dominican Republic. “I went to the Dominican...

Marie-Sophie Beinke: sustainability, one sequin at a time

Much can be said about the term sustainability in fashion, but it often does not get a good reputation unless the visuals can speak for themselves....

Inside the childhood memories of Antwerp student Julia Ballardt

When she was little, Antwerp student Julia Ballardt used to create her own sacred space with her friends, a place without boundaries, where they...