Royal Academy Antwerp

Royal Academy Antwerp

The Antwerp 16: David Viersen

“I think that fetishism is a broad concept, it’s something you can obsess over,” David Viersen says. “I’m quite obsessive about a lot of...

The Antwerp Sixteen: Eduard Both

1. The most talked about piece from his BA collection was a leather recreation of a plastic Chinese supermarket bag, which epitomised his “making...

Peter Schamaun: Rethinking fashion education expectations

Directors of leading MA Fashion Design courses keep stressing: know who your customer is, and urge students to create elaborately researched mood boards that...

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...

Hyein Seo: Schoolin these hoes

The invention of badgalriri, the entity, a life event which took full-form somewhere around the mullet of 032c, had been in the works for...

Antwerp Fashion Department graduate Sofie Gaudaen finds adornment in the functional

The final collection of Royal Academy of Arts Fashion department graduate Sofie Gaudaen - "Ainu Stroke", intended for empowering its wearer - is a...

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...

Joeri van Campenhout’s Mme Bricolage

At the moment, Joeri van Campenhout is finishing his MA Fashion degree at the Royal Academy of Art Antwerp under the tutelage of Walter...

Ronald Stoops: documenting Antwerp’s greatest

Ronald Stoops sits in the sunny backyard of his Antwerp house, talking in short, to-the-point phrases about his long career in photography, in which he has shot the work of all Antwerp Six designers, except Ann Demeulemeester. In tune with the sound of our conversation is a stream of water and fishes swimming in a pond next to us. Every once in a while, one of Ronald’s many cats appears, like a shadow on the plastic roof above us, and Inge Grognard — his partner in both work and life — pops in every once in a while, tending the garden or answering emails indoors. A bottle of sparkling water stands between us and is left empty after one-and-a-half hour of conversation, which is much needed due to its quick-fire nature. It’s not necessarily an intentionally chosen mode of interviewing, but Ronald doesn’t seem particularly keen on exhaustively dwelling on fashion or photography-related topics. So, when mentioning the brevity of his answers and asking if there are other topics that he prefers talking about, he mentions that he is much more interested in talking about ‘real feelings’: how you feel, what you feel, how you walk in the street, what your hopes are, what you want to do in life — and a cheeky one: do you have a lover, somebody who you love?

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...

MASTERMINDING MoMu: Director, Kaat Debo on Dries, digital, and how museums...

Kaat Debo is the head of MoMu, that being the deceptively simple shorthand for the Mode Museum in Antwerp. But there's nothing simple about...

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...