Ann Demeulemeester

Graduating from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1981, Ann Demeulemeester and her contemporaries, the Antwerp Six, transformed global fashion with an restatement of traditional fashion design and a polemical approach to luxury trends. She founded her label in 1985 and imbues her designs with a strong narrative and rebellious spirit. For Demeulemeester, fashion is a form of communication. Her complex language of contrasts covers a whole gamut of emotions. The tension is highly poetic, and her clothes reveal many layers of the soul. Known for her elegant tailoring and dark yet glamorous aesthetic, she has created a serene and darkly romantic world with an intriguing mix of edgy rebellion and sophistication.