Fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester was one of the Antwerp Six which firmly placed Belgium on the international map of fashion in the 1980s.
Initially, Demeulemeester showed no interest in fashion. She attended art school for three years, where she discovered her fascination with people and portraiture. She went on to study fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. In 1986, she and her fellow students showcased their collections in London. As a result, she is often referred to as part of the ‘Antwerp Six’, the radical and distinctive Belgian designers of the 80s, known for their unique styles of creating non-traditional clothing.
Demeulemeester’s style plays a lot with contrast: smooth and extensively treated leather is often juxtaposed against heavy wool textures. She also enjoys incorporating masculine and feminine shapes creating an androgynous look.