Royal Academy Antwerp

Royal Academy Antwerp

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...

Clara Jungman Malmquist’s offline fashion in an online world

Clara Jungman Malmquist, a recent MA graduate of Antwerp’s prestigious art college -- who now interns at Raf Simons -- tells us about her...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Meet Your Heroes: Miriam Laubscher

Sometimes it can seem impossible to survive a year of fashion education, let alone making it through an entire BA and MA. How to...

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.”

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...