Discover here the next-generation designers at one of the world's most influential fashion schools: the Fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
Charlotte De Geyter Pittoors
- How to Catch a Fish
In her interest for nature Charlotte found inspiration for her last collection How to Catch a Fish at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
Flowers and small trees as theme items don't come as a surprise. At the same time the Belgian graduate blew us away with her injection of clothing basics into her collection: “When designing the clothes I used iconic items of clothing as inspiration: shapes of T-shirts, button-up shirts, blazers or other typical pieces of clothing, which I then approached from a literal point of view by incorporating clothes hangers and such. I made the shoes transparent and added organza grass.
Collaboration was a great experience for Charlotte; It's how she discovered the feasibility of the shirt frames, for example. But also when working by herself she pushed her boundaries:
I just really wanted to work with very fine materials and get that refined feeling, with a lot of craftwork because I wanted to test my own patience and take the time to create something by hand.”
Timo Zündorf - Brink
“I was thinking about the way I live with the people around me. And I thought: there is something a bit violent and frightening about the world around us; how do we react to that?" Timo Zündorf about Brink.
Timo is not a philosopher, nor is he a painter. But when you look at some of his designs and what's behind them, you may start thinking otherwise.
The German graduate also has a wayward personal view on fashion design and the fashion world in general. Fashion should show the world we're living in (not sure, though, if Timo also says: fashion should not impose itself onto the world) and, secondly, fashion design should develop artistically, rather than financially where there's place for durable materials, durable collaborations and ethical contemplation.
"I didn't want to create an idea of a jacket, but a jacket"
Emmanuel A. Ryngaert - Meccano
Like the toy construction idea, clothes are being assembled - there is just little stitching involved, and accessories can be changed according to your personal taste and mood. Meccano.
For his designs, Emmanuel used a unique technique: laser-cutting. This would make global clothing production possible in any country, made from its local fabrics, after having downloaded the design and technical instructions. The image at your right gives a good impression of what you can expect from Emmanuel's collection.
You will find out more in this series and when you search his name on the Google Culture & Arts platform.
Jannike Sommar - Miss
For her collection Miss, Jannike was granted the 'Certificate of Amazingness' award by the fashion blog and magazine Belmodo Media.
Jannike's master collection is inspired on the series 'Orange Is The New Black' that tells the story of imprisoned women. They all have their own characteristics and personality: How they cope with missing their family and loved ones, with their lack of connection, with their liberty taken away.
Jannike wrote a letter to her girlfriend as if she was imprisoned herself. What would she miss, what would she feel, what would she say? Answers to these questions you can discover in a very diverse line-up of 12 silhouettes, in this series and even more when you search for Jannike Sommar on this platform.
Shone Puipia - The Wild Bunch
Without a doubt, the collection The Wild Bunch by Thai master graduate Shone Puipia is the most expressive in colours of them all.
Inspired by Peter Weir's film ‘Picnic At Hanging Rock' (1975), Shone gives the Victorian schoolgirls' (white) clothing a more organic and raw touch, and more sensual as well. Floral and animalistic aspects a.o. contribute generously to that objective.
What also caught the eye is Shone's boot designs. It is not a coincidence that right after his graduation Shone launched his own shoe label 'Adult', together with Raphaële Lenseigne. An ambitious young designer making his way.
Bachelor 1 – an experimental bale-cotton skirt based on the theme ‘Natural Spirit’ and inspired by the students' indvidual object of choice. The second assignment: create an experimental dress on the theme ‘Put your head on my shoulder’.
Bachelor 2 – historical clothing: the details from historical costumes are the source of inspiration for the 5-silhouette collection.
Bachelor 3 – ethnic clothing: the students present a collection of 8 silhouettes. Their designs are based on in-depth research: the fabrics, techniques, culture of origin.
After three years of immersive education with focus on diversity, creativity, personality and collaboration at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, the Fashion master students design their own 12-silhouette collection, to be judged by an international jury.
In this order you can find 2016 graduates Timo Zündorf, Jannike Sommar, Emmanuel A. Ryngaert, Charlotte De Geyter Pittoors and Shone Puipia.
If you would like to see more, we invite you to check their individual exhibits on this platform.
Behind the scenes of Antwerp's SHOW2016 was made possible by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
Many thanks go to the photographers and, of course, the Masters Timo, Jannike, Charlotte, Emmanuel and Shone to disclose the imaging of their graduation process. Some of the pictures are displayed here, but you can find out more about the designers in individual stories on this platform. Feel free to check them out!