Happy Birthday Dear Academie | Fashion | 50 | Antwerp | Academy
The Academy’s Fashion Department unquestionably offers one of the most prestigious fashion courses in the world. Its 50th anniversary is an ideal occasion for an exhibition at the MoMu (Fashion Museum) that looks at its history and at the related success story
of Antwerp fashion.
The exhibition throws light on various aspects of the courses offered by the Antwerp Fashion Department over its first 50 years: the department’s distinctive curriculum and its educational and evaluation methods, the importance of graphic design in fashion as shown by a selection of fashion illustrations, the different generations of students and their careers, the friendship between the Antwerp Six (Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Walter Van Beirendonck, Marina Yee, Dirk Bikkembergs) and Martin Margiela and their rise to prominence, the graduation work of the most outstanding alumni, and the end-of-year shows.
Focusing on a number of themes, as leitmotivs running through the graduation work of generations of students, the exhibition paints a picture of the department as an artistic cocoon. Its students are stimulated to excel themselves in their creative skills and to develop an artistic identity that can serve as the foundation for their entire future careers. Graduation work and recent new work by alumni, along with photographs, videos, and graphic material, illustrate how varied and far-flung have been the
careers of the department’s graduates and show the impact it has had on the international fashion world over recent decades.
- The exhibition can be visited in a group with a guide. During the MoMu Late Night (every first Thursday of the month) and the MoMu Lazy Sunday (every first Sunday of the month), individuals can join a guided tour.
- There are special formulas for school groups: a creative visit (7–12 years of age), an active visit (12–14 years of age), and a guided tour (15 and older). During the school holidays there is a range of holiday workshops for children and young people between the ages of 5 and 15.
- Schools can book their visit via T 03 338 95 85 (Tuesday to Sunday, 11 am to 5.45 pm) or via firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations 3 weeks in advance.