Royal Academy Antwerp

Royal Academy Antwerp

Behind the pop prints of Antwerp student Quinten Mestdagh

You could hear Quinten Mestdagh’s designs before you could see them. At the graduation show of the Antwerp Academy, his collection was met with...

Antwerp Fashion Department: SHOW 2015

Compared to stressed-out cities like London and New York, Antwerp is on a whole different level. When travelling there, one can breathe without feeling...

Game Changers: Post-Couture invents downloadable clothes

Download a file, buy the fabric, cut the pattern, assemble the piece. Is this what shopping will look like in the future? It will...

Balancing hyperstrongness and hyperfragility with Sofie Nieuwborg

To Sofie Nieuwborg, creating is always personal. Her final collection Mastering in Life takes the period of graduation itself as leitmotiv. “In my last...

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...