|By Catherine Levy at TribaSpace
Welcome to Top Schools, Top Grads Part II. Did you ever wonder how the Antwerp 6 got to be friends? Or where to learn to be a master of the minutiae of couture construction?
In the second part of our series, we visit Stockholm, Antwerp and Paris and report to you on these cities' great schools of chic. Stay tuned for next week's installment on schools in Tokyo, Montreal, Dublin, Sydney, Florence and Milan.
Antwerp Royal Academy-The Antwerp Royal Academy was founded way, way back in 1663 by David Teniers the Younger, portraitist to the Archduke Leopold Wilhelm and Don Juan of Austria. Naming everyone from Vincent van Gogh to Peter Paul Rubens and Dries Van Noten among its graduates, the school's history is long and varied. In the 1960s, the school implemented a fashion design program, which became legendary after the success of the Antwerp 6 in the 1980s, under the direction of Mary Prijot. Today, the Fashion department continues to train world class designers, many of who benefit from the support of the Flanders Fashion Institute, which trains designers in the business of fashion as well as helping to pair emerging talent with sources of funding.
Some graduates of note: Ann Demeulemeester, Christian Wijnants, Kris Van Assche, Martin Margiela...read full article