Made in Antwerp
Veerle Windels about Antwerp, fashion city
Is there a big difference with the other fashion cities? Absolutely.
Milan doesn’t have all these small stores and that passionate creative underground atmosphere. I also miss something in Paris. Antwerp has the advantage that it’s small and easy to navigate. Creative minds find it easier to meet here. They trigger each other.
How did Antwerp acquire such a strong international reputation?
In the Eighties Antwerp brought about a huge change in the international fashion world thanks to the Antwerp Six who had no money for big catwalk shows. They held street castings and organised their shows in vacant buildings. The French fashion press was very critical but ultimately it was forced to reconsider. From then on the entire fashion world suddenly focussed on Antwerp. People sensed that something was happening here.
You have also interviewed several other creative minds who work behind the scenes in fashion?
There are a lot of Belgians who are successful in the international fashion world. Just think of Willy Vandeperre who has photographed campaigns for Jil Sander and works for Vogue. The Stylist Olivier Rizzo often works for Prada in Milan, while you will often see the make-up artist, Inge Grognard and the photographer Ronald Stoops at work during the international fashion weeks. David Vandewal in New York is a stylist for the New York Times’s T Magazine while Peter Philips is the artistic director at Chanel Beauté.
Story created on March 7, 2013