A 1994 Ann Demeulemeester show.
When the designers who would later be known as the Antwerp Six packed their fledgling designs into a van and headed to London in 1986, they probably didn’t fully realize the impact they would soon make. Along with their classmate Martin Margiela, the Belgian group’s minimalist, deconstructed looks would go on to become a hot property in a world oversaturated by logos and excess.
Though their outlooks differed — Ann Demeulemeester favored romanticism tinged with a heavy dose of goth, while Margiela experimented with deconstruction and Van Beirendonck cornered the market on all things colorful and outlandish — their shared spirit helped revitalize a moribund fashion world. Click through the slideshow to see some looks from the designers’ ‘90’s heyday.
A characteristically goth 1994 look from Ann Demeulemeester.
A spring 2007 suiting look from Dirk Bikkembergs.
Stella Tennant walks in Dries Van Noten, fall 1994.
The fall 1997 Maison Martin Margiela show featured an assortment of looks topped with trapper hats.
An avant-garde Walter Van Beirendonck look from spring 2000.