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Europe and Russia

Brenda Sternquist and Elizabeth B. Goldsmith

Source: International Retailing, 3rd Edition, 2018, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter + STUDIO

After studying this chapter, you should be able to:

Walter Van Beirendonck

Paula Alaszkiewicz

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Designer Biography

Véronique Branquinho

Alessandro Esculapio

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Designer Biography

Ann Demeulemeester

Elizabeth Kutesko

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Designer Biography

Dries Van Noten

Sandra J. Ley

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Designer Biography

Raf Simons

Else Skjold

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Article

Raf Simons (born 1968) is a Belgian fashion designer educated as an industrial designer in Ghent, who belongs to the second generation of Belgian fashion designers to come after the Antwerp Six. Simons is a key figure in Belgian minimalism, although he departed from an avant-garde approach to fashion. The year 2000 was a turning point in his career: he restructured his own brand and started collaborating with Fred Perry and Adidas, and began working in the fashion luxury sector, first as creative

Contemporary Fashion History in Museums

Marco Pecorari

Source: Fashion and Museums. Theory and Practice, 2014, Berg Fashion Library

Book chapter

As Alexandra Palmer, AlexandraPalmer argues, the continuous proliferation of alternative forms of exhibiting dress in connection with some specific economic and practical museological reasons brought many fashion museums to favor the exhibition of contemporary dress (Palmer 2008: 36). Such a turn from historical dress to contemporary dress brought diverse fashion museums to dismiss the important tradition of dress history while, at the same time, simplifying the current discussion on fashion hist

Global Influences: Challenging Western Traditions

Bonnie English

Source: Japanese Fashion Designers. The Work and Influence of Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo, 2011, Berg Fashion Library

Book chapter

The Maison Margiela teamThe designers that we most admire are ‘those with an authentic approach to their work.’

Belgium

Karlijn Bronselaer

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Belgium played a vital role in the industrialization of the European textile industry. Belgian society changed very quickly due to industrialization during the first half of the nineteenth century. From about the 1820s on the fashionable silhouette in West Europe was the hourglass. Although the average Belgian had neither time nor money for fashion, improved production methods and sewing machines made corsets more affordable. Later, the Art Nouveau or Jugendstil movement (ca. 1890–1920), with its

Belgian Fashion

Kaat Debo and Linda Loppa

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Prior to the 1980s, there was in fact no Belgian fashion. One precursor of the 1980s generation, however, was Ann Salens, an Antwerp designer who for a short time in the 1960s generated international furor and is an important point of reference for Belgian designers. Her extravagant, brilliantly colored dresses and wigs in artificial silk, her flamboyant lifestyle, risqué fashion shows, and happenings at unusual locations earned her the title of “Belgian Fashion’s Bird of Paradise.”

Demeulemeester, Ann

Kaat Debo and Linda Loppa

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Motion was a leitmotif throughout Demeulemeester’s work. The challenge of gravity, a force that allows apparel to appear to be in motion even when its wearer is standing still, was technically explored in ever new applications, season after season. One symbol of this investigation was the feathers that reappeared in each new collection in the form of necklaces or jewelry, chosen for their beauty and natural perfection.

Margiela, Martin*

Kaat Debo and Linda Loppa

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Dries Van Noten

Annette Condello

Source: Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases

Level: Introductory

Business case

The themes of sustainability and luxury intertwine in the business of fashion. This case study evaluates the relationship between the two by exploring the strong link that exists for the fashion label Dries van Noten. Inspired by novel craft technologies and ancient traditions, unassuming Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten integrates sustainability with luxury in his approach to business. In the Dries Van Noten Antwerp store the customer experience is enhanced by the company’s unique appare

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