At the start of the 1980s, six graduates from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp established themselves as a fashion collective known as the Antwerp Six. Over the next 30 years, the designs of Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Dirk Van Saene, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee changed international fashion, bringing a radically distinct aesthetic to catwalks worldwide.
Belgian designer are so influent now a day that Chrisitan Dior makes a bet on two of them for both Dior and Dior Homme Creative direction.
After assisting Heidi Slimane during several years at Saint Laurent and Dior Homme, Kris Van Assche was named new artistic director of the menwear arm of the business. His new vision of the menswear wordrobe is acclaim by fashion editors, and inspire a lot of other designers.
In addition to his own label, Raf Simons took the place of John Galliano at the head of Dior couture and Haute Couture in 2011.
He imposed his very minimalist style, due to his first experience at Jil Sander.
Belgian designers are known to have their own vision of esthetic and are more minimalist than extravagant. It seems that fashion is now focusing on more wearable clothes, comparing to 2000 and before where Parisian Fashion Shows were very spectacular and clothes more pieces of art than pieces of a wardrobe.
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