With an impressive list of alumni, the La Cambre school in Brussels is among the most prestigious fashion schools in the world. Aesthetics, innovation and wearability are the cornerstones of the course.
Some months ago, a student from La Cambre appeared in the news across the globe. Eddy Anemian received the prestigious H&M Award for his graduation collection designed in the fourth year of the five-year course. The Frenchman with Armenian origins was invited to show his creations during Stockholm’s fashion week and is now working with H&M on the development of his collection. The finished designs should be available in stores this autumn.
That a student from La Cambre should win such a renowned prize of course contributes to the school's international recognition. It already enjoys an exceedingly good reputation, often being referred to as one of the best five in the world. The school’s keen focus on wearability and aesthetics within a framework of innovation is highly appreciated internationally.
This could be what remains of the philosophy upon which Henry Van de Velde founded La Cambre in 1927 after his earlier founding of the world-famous school in Weimar that would give rise to the Bauhaus movement. Van de Velde is still famous across the globe for his designs in which he used an especially pure line and in which form followed function. Although, to start with, La Cambre – in its original incarnation as the Institut supérieur des Arts Décoratifs – only represented disciplines such as sculpting, illustration and photography, fashion has had a place at the school since 1986.
A feast for the eyes
The fashion department now has around sixty students who are mentored by some 15 professional designers. On the one hand, students are encouraged to think about clothing by conducting in-depth research from every aesthetic perspective. On the other hand, a great deal of attention is paid to the technical side of things. As such, all students also receive training as a stylist.
What it comes down to is that the students are stimulated to mature artistically and develop their own personal style. This makes the fashion show at the end of every school year a real feast for the eyes. The school’s impressive list of alumni – including Sandrina Fasoli, Cathy Pill and Anthony Vaccarello – attests to the validity of the school’s approach.