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The Antwerp Six refers to a group of fashion designers who graduated from Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts between 1980–81. The six artists studied under Linda Loppa, who formerly served as the dean of Polimoda fashion school. Around 1990, the entity is mainly maintained by the press. The "Antwerp Six" formed a group of origin and common experiences rather than style.
- Walter Van Beirendonck
- Ann Demeulemeester
- Dries Van Noten
- Dirk Van Saene
- Dirk Bikkembergs
- Marina Yee
- Martin Margiela (Honourary.)
The fashion collective presented a distinct, radical vision for fashion during the 1980s that established Antwerp as a notable location for fashion design. The breakthrough occurred in 1986 as the group rented a truck and set out for the London Fashion Week with their collections.
Martin Margiela, another Belgian contemporary, was not actually part of the group that showed in London, although he is often mistakenly described as one of the Antwerp Six because he also emerged from the Antwerp scene immediately before the "Antwerp six" came to being. He subsequently moved to Paris, initially working for Jean Paul Gaultier and then opening his own label.
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- A Rare Reunion for the ‘Antwerp Six’- NYT JUNE 17, 2013
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