Photo of the week: He’s in fashion

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Models take to the catwalk in end-of-year graduation show at Antwerp’s prestigious fashion academy

Fashion and faith

A model displays one of designer Stefan Kartchev’s outfits at the end-of-year show at Antwerp’s renowned fashion school.

Kartchev, from Bulgaria, explained to the school's magazine that he took his inspiration from Bulgarian orthodox liturgical clothing mixed with sportswear and other concepts. 

“The things sparking my creativity are rarely rooted in fashion,” he said. “I was drawn to backdrops, spaces and shops I’ve visited in Bulgaria and I looked at Bulgarian religious advertising as well. People in Eastern Europe are still hoping for their faith to bring them a better future.”

The fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts has a proud pedigree; it’s where the famed 1980s designers known as the Antwerp Six studied (see sidebar). Its annual graduation show – where fourth-year students display their final creations – attracts thousands of visitors.

Photo: Kristof Van Accom/Belga

Models take to the catwalk in end-of-year graduation show at Antwerp’s prestigious fashion academy

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Antwerp Six

The Antwerp Six are a handful of pioneering Flemish designers credited with putting both the city’s Royal Academy fashion department and Belgian fashion in general on the map. In the 1980s, their group show in London took the fashion world by storm.
Names - The Antwerp Six are Dirk Bikkembergs, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Walter Van Beirendonck and Marina Yee.
Moniker - Because British journalists covering London Fashion Week struggled with their names, they dubbed the designers the “Antwerp Six”.
Plus one - Martin Margiela, who graduated from the fashion school a few years before the Six, is often mistakenly included in the Antwerp Six.
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