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Fashion Antwerp Academy 50

Fashion Antwerp Academy 50

By (author) Suzy Menkes
By (author) Hettie Judah
By (author) Kaat Debo


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  • Ultimate overview of 50 years of Antwerp Fashion Academy in words and images
  • Interviews with the main designers of the Antwerp fashion scene
  • With the participation of renowned international authors
  • With a preface by Jean Paul Gaultier
Full Description
Fashion Antwerp Academy 50 is a collection of work from The Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp; undoubtedly one of the world's most prestigious fashion design schools. The Fashion Department, dedicated to fashion and theatre costume design was, founded 50 years ago by Mary Prijot. From the 1980s, under the inspired leadership of Linda Loppa and Walter Van Beirendonck, respectively, the school underwent unprecedented internationalisation and professionalisation. The generation of Martin Margiela and the Antwerp Six Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs, Walter Van Beirendonck and Marina Yee played a crucial role in this process. This book takes a closer look at the 50-year history of the Antwerp Fashion Department, its exceptional educational methodology, the annual year-end fashion shows and the work of its various generations of graduates, including such resounding names as Veronique Branquinho, An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx (A.F. Vandevorst), Bernhard Willhelm, Peter Philips, Olivier Rizzo, Bruno Pieters, Kris Van Assche, Christian Wijnants, Peter Pilotto and Haider Ackermann, many of whom grew to become internationally admired designers, stylists, art directors or makeup artists, or to fi ll in fluential positions for or behind the scenes of the renowned fashion houses. With the help of unique written and visual documentation of the Antwerp Fashion Department, this book illustrates how it has been at the heart of the Antwerp fashion story for more than 50 years.
About the Author
Suzy Menkes is a British fashion journalist and since 1988 linked to the International Herald Tribune. She previously participated in Stephen Jones & the Accent of Fashion. Hettie Judah is a British curator who writes about design in international media, such as 'The Financial Times', 'Art Review' and 'DAMn'. Currently, she is the editor at large of 'The World Magazine'. Kaat Debo is the director of the Antwerp Fashion Museum and internationally lauded for her exhibitions. She has published books with information about Walter Van Beirendonck (Dream the World Awake), Stephen Jones, Nudie Cohn and Delvaux.
Lannoo Publishers
25th Sep 2013
288 mm x 223 mm
276 Pages
220 color, b&w
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