The Belgian Fashion Awards will take place on the 25th of November 2021 in Handelsbeurs, Antwerp

Since 2017, the ‘Belgian Fashion Awards’ are organised every year by Flanders DC, MAD Brussels, WBDM, Knack Weekend and Le Vif Weekend. These awards were established in order to turn the spotlight on the reputation, creativity and diversity of Belgian fashion, both on a national and international level. Our aim is to also showcase less well-known names and the talent behind the scenes. Every year, the awards are an occasion to celebrate Belgian fashion, meet people and strengthen bonds within the creative sector. We show the world that Belgian fashion stands for independence, personality and sustainability. In the world of fashion, we are known to be surrealist, modest, hardworking, avant-garde and no-nonsense. Belgian fashion lets the work speak for itself. During the awards, we set our modesty aside and promote Belgian fashion.

The Belgian Fashion Awards will take place on the 25th of November 2021 in Handelsbeurs, Antwerp

Since 2017, the ‘Belgian Fashion Awards’ are organised every year by Flanders DC, MAD Brussels, WBDM, Knack Weekend and Le Vif Weekend. These awards were established in order to turn the spotlight on the reputation, creativity and diversity of Belgian fashion, both on a national and international level. Our aim is to also showcase less well-known names and the talent behind the scenes. Every year, the awards are an occasion to celebrate Belgian fashion, meet people and strengthen bonds within the creative sector. We show the world that Belgian fashion stands for independence, personality and sustainability. In the world of fashion, we are known to be surrealist, modest, hardworking, avant-garde and no-nonsense. Belgian fashion lets the work speak for itself. During the awards, we set our modesty aside and promote Belgian fashion.

Belgian
Fashion
Awards

The Fashion Awards recognize and celebrate talent and creativity within the Belgian fashion community

The Jury Prize

rewards a Belgian designer or a designer working for a Belgian fashion house. The work in one’s own name or for a fashion house wins over the jury. This prize honours the career path of the designer. Nominations are by the members of the Official Jury.

Professional of the year

is awarded to a Belgian professional in the fashion sector, with the exception of designers, who has been noteworthy during the past 24 months.

Emerging talent of the year

is assigned to young talent or a Belgian label active in Belgium with a strong concept or great creativity. The winner must have been active in the professional milieu with his or her own collection for a maximum of 3 years. The winner receives a cash prize of € 5,000.

Fashion brand of the year

is an audience award for which Belgian brands can apply. The general public can choose their favourite via www.belgianfashionawards.be from a final selection of 10 Belgian brands carefully selected by a professional jury. The brand with the most votes wins the audience award.

Designer of the year

is awarded to a Belgian designer working in Belgium whose work in his or her own name or for a fashion house impressed the jury during the past 24 months.

Changemaker of the year

is awarded to a committed designer or entrepreneur active in the Belgian fashion industry who has provided an outstanding contribution towards positive change during the past 24 months, for instance in striving for more sustainability, inclusivity or innovation. 

Most promising graduate

is awarded to an alumnus of a Belgian fashion school who graduated in June of the previous academic year. Belgian schools belonging to this category are: Royal Academy of Antwerp, La Cambre, SASK, KASK, HE Francisco Ferrer, Helmo Mode, Château Massart Mode.

Belgian
Fashion
Awards

The Fashion Awards recognize and celebrate talent and creativity within the Belgian fashion community

The Jury Prize

rewards a Belgian designer or a designer working for a Belgian fashion house. The work in one’s own name or for a fashion house wins over the jury. This prize honours the career path of the designer. Nominations are by the members of the Official Jury.

Professional of the year

is awarded to a Belgian professional in the fashion sector, with the exception of designers, who has been noteworthy during the past 12 months.

Emerging talent of the year

is assigned to young talent or a Belgian label active in Belgium with a strong concept or great creativity. The winner must have been active in the professional milieu with his or her own collection for a maximum of 3 years. The winner receives a cash prize of € 5,000.

Fashion brand of the year

is an audience award for which Belgian brands can apply. The general public can choose their favourite via www.belgianfashionawards.be from a final selection of 10 Belgian brands carefully selected by a professional jury. The brand with the most votes wins the audience award.

Designer of the year

is awarded to a Belgian designer working in Belgium whose work in his or her own name or for a fashion house impressed the jury during the past 12 months.

Changemaker of the year

is awarded to a committed designer or entrepreneur active in the Belgian fashion industry who has provided an outstanding contribution towards positive change during the past 24 months, for instance in striving for more sustainability, inclusivity or innovation. 

Most promising graduate

is awarded to an alumnus of a Belgian fashion school who graduated in June of the previous academic year. Belgian schools belonging to this category are: Royal Academy of Antwerp, La Cambre, SASK, KASK, HE Francisco Ferrer, Helmo Mode, Château Massart Mode.

Nominees
Belgian
fashion
Awards

Designer
of the year:

Belgian designer or designer living in Belgium, whose work in her/his own name or for a fashion house has impressed the jury over the past 24 months.

STEPHANIE D’HEYGERE

Belgian-born founder and creative director of her eponymous label Stephanie D’heygere graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2009. In 2011 she joined Maison Margiela as Head of Jewellery. In 2015 she joined Dior as a senior jewellery designer. As a freelancer, she now makes statement jewellery and accessories for a new generation of Paris designers such as Jacquemus and Y/Project, as well as the renowned Parisian label A.P.C. Her accessories brand D’heygere was launched in January 2018. It quickly gained acclaim in the industry and won the 2018 ANDAM Accessories Prize for its unisex, inventive and thoughtprovoking pieces. She also collaborated with French luxury leather goods company Longchamp, world leader in stationery Bic, and more recently Wouters & Hendrix.

WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK

Over the last four decades, Walter Van Beirendonck has built an impressive international career. The maverick of Antwerp fashion is known for his colourful collections, his unique perception of beauty, his spectacular fashion shows and the socially critical topics touched on in his designs. In 1980, Van Beirendonck graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, and was named one of ‘The Antwerp Six’. In addition to designing his own collections, Van Beirendonck continues to design for other houses and labels, such as ZulupaPUWA for JBC, as well as working on projects in art, theatre and music. Van Beirendonck has also been a highly valued asset at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, initially as a teacher and since 2007 as the Director of the fashion department.

JAN-JAN VAN ESSCHE

Jan-Jan Van Essche was born in Antwerp, where he has his own design studio. He is a 2003 graduate of the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts and launched a label under his own name in June 2010. His first men’s collection was given the name ‘Jukkuri’, Japanese for ‘Take it easy’. In 2013, he launched an autonomous series of garments with a clear signature, characterised by easiness, ethical values and influences from daily life. His genderless approach and love of slow fashion make him a real designer of his time. In 2016, he collaborated with the Royal Ballet of Flanders and in 2017 he worked with Ramy Moharan Fouad on short movies for his last two collections. Jan-Jan presented his SS22 collection on menswear Paris Fashion Week.

OLIVIER THEYSKENS

Olivier Theyskens studied fashion at La Cambre in Brussels. He left school in 1997 to start his own brand. From 2002 to 2006, he was Artistic Director of Rochas, and was named ‘Best International Designer’ by the CFDA in 2006. He worked as a designer for Nina Ricci from 2006 to 2009, followed by a period as Artistic Director of the global Theory brand (2010-2014). He re-launched his eponymous label in September 2016. Since February 2020, Theyskens has been the Artistic Director of Azzaro. Olivier Theyskens is one of the youngest designers to be celebrated in two retrospectives: ‘She Walks in Beauty’ in the MoMu Fashion Museum in Antwerp (2017) and ‘In Presentia’ (2019) in the Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode in Calais, France.

NICOLAS DI FELICE

Di Felice studied at La Cambre National School of Visual Arts in Brussels before starting to work as an assistant for Nicolas Ghesquière. The Belgian designer worked for Ghesquière twice, first at Balenciaga and then at Louis Vuitton – where he graduated from junior to senior designer – with an interval at Raf Simons during his time at Dior. In September 2020, 60 years after Courrèges established his house in Paris, Nicolas Di Felice became its Artistic Director. He has brought a modern edge to Courrèges’ iconic minimal vision, creating a dialogue between the heritage of the house, and contemporary pieces such as clubwear, trucker jackets, bomber jackets, five-pocket trousers and T-shirts.

Nominees
Belgian
fashion
Awards

Professional
of the year:

A professional of the fashion industry whose work has been particularly remarkable in the last 24 months but who is not a designer (stylist, photographer, artist, model)

MOUS LAMRABAT

Photographer Mous Lamrabat was born in the north of Morocco. He grew up in Belgium where he studied to become an interior architect, but photography appealed to him more. He developed his own unique vision on fashion photography, gradually fusing his Moroccan roots, tradition and culture with the Western world he grew up in. His work includes an exposition at FOMU and (inter)national collaborations with Walter Van Beirendonck, Vogue US and Vogue Arabia. His photographs are absurd and surrealist, at times subtly provocative. Lamrabat makes playful references to icons from the fashion world and mixes symbols of popular and North African culture. He teams traditional apparel with striking props to create his unique visual universe.

BOB VERHELST

Antwerp-based art director Bob Verhelst is renowned for his work on prestigious international fashion exhibitions. He graduated from the Antwerp Academy with the Antwerp Six and staged the very first Maison Margiela exhibitions, installations and fashion shows. Since 2001, he has developed an international career as a scenographer for various museums such as the National Museum in Zurich and MoMu. Bob Verhelst created Graanmarkt 13, a combination of a concept store and a restaurant. Verhelst has also designed shop windows, installations and shows for designers and fashion houses such as Hermès, Cartier, Chantal Thomass, Viktor&Rolf, Ann Demeulemeester and Maison Martin Margiela.

BENOÎT BETHUME

Benoît Bethume is a Belgian art director, stylist and photographer. After graduating from La Cambre Mode(s), he took a step back from pure creation to focus on image and brand identity. He became the editor of several magazines and took a leading role as consultant for Belgian and international companies such as Christian Wijnants, Tim van Steenbergen, L’Oreal, Lacoste, Longchamp, Cartier, Prada, Kenzo, Véronique Leroy, Nina Ricci, Petit Bateau, Carven and Guillaume Henry. Bethume also collaborates on several projects with Marine Serre. Their latest joint venture is the film AMOR FATI, about existentialism in the way we manage our feelings in daily life.

KRISTINA DE CONINCK

Belgian model and visual artist Kristina De Coninck was born in Antwerp. As the muse of Martin Margiela and model for Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene and Walter Van Beirendonck she is considered to be ‘the face of Belgian fashion’. Kristina was discovered at 27 by Belgian photographer Ronald Stoops. She was invited to walk for Dirk Van Saene and was later used by other famous designers. After modelling for Margiela she walked the runway for Yohji Yamamoto. Kristina opened the 100th edition of the Dries Van Noten show in March and after that people clamoured for her. At 57, she resumed her modelling career and did several campaigns for Zara. She is the embodiment of the mind-shift in fashion where diversity and models of all ages now play an important role.

WILLIAM LHOEST

Former model William Lhoest is a model scout and casting director at WL Casting. After doing international modelling himself, he joined Brussels based agency Hakim Model Management and developed skills to accompany models in their career. He then started his own model agency. William values individuality and is a strong advocate for a more diverse fashion image where ethnicity, size, shape, age and gender are concerned. He believes everyone should be able to identify with the models on the runway. He has worked a lot with Marine Serre and Sterling Ruby and has been casting Marine Serre’s shows for five seasons.

Nominees
Belgian
fashion
Awards

Changemaker
of the year:

A committed designer or entrepreneur active in the Belgian fashion industry who has provided an outstanding contribution towards positive change during the past 24 months, for instance in striving for more sustainability, inclusivity or innovation.

MATHIAS SLABBINCK – QUIFACTUM

In 2020 Mathias Slabbinck launched his own innovative platform ‘Quifactum’ after becoming intrigued by the #whomademyclothes campaign that was started after the Rana Plaza collapse. Quifactum answers this question in a fun and easy way: by scanning the QR code on a label with their smartphone, customers can find out the origin of a product, how, where, when and by whom it was made. By giving the consumer an emotional connection with the individuals who made their products, Quifactum hopes to reduce the purchase of unethically and unsustainably made fashion. If price is seen as a less important factor for the consumer, local and sustainable brands can become more competitive. Brands such as Ettinger (leather accessories) and Recto Verso (sportswear) are already using the Quifactum label.

MURIELLE SCHERRE – LA FILLE D’O

Murielle Scherre, alumnus of the fashion academy in Ghent, set up her avantgarde lingerie brand ‘la fille d’O’ in 2003. Her pieces are truly aimed at the modern woman: bold, inclusive and sustainable in every way. They are produced in a small Belgian factory using 90% locally sourced fabrics that are Oeko-Tex certified, without toxic dyes or coatings. The timeless designs are made to last, but also with the possibility of retouching or resizing if necessary. The brand doesn’t participate in trends, seasons or collections, and stock is kept very limited to produce as little waste as possible. Murielle Scherre is setting a great example for Belgian brands as a sustainable and inclusive frontrunner. Her collaboration with designer Sébastien Meunier in de-gendering lingerie is a great example.

VALÉRIE BERCKMANS

In her boutique-atelier in Brussels, Valérie Berckmans has been designing women’s prêt-à-porter since 2006. Her style is described as graphic and minimalist, evoking a whimsical femininity. What makes her stand out is the fact that her pieces are locally and sustainably produced using fair-trade, organic or other raw materials, such as dead stock fabrics or upcycled vintage pieces. The designs are exclusively produced in Belgian and French workshops. In the same ethical and ecological spirit, Valérie started a zero-waste project in 2020. Leftover fabrics from the women’s collection are reused for children’s clothing, cotton pads, underwear and more, until nothing is left. Since April 2021 Valérie has been working in duo with young fashion designer Théo Auquière.

SEBASTIAAN DE NEUBOURG AND LENJA DOMS – YUMA LABS

In 2017, circular consultant Sebastiaan de Neubourg developed the world’s first pair of 3D printed sunglasses, made from recycled plastics. With the help of crowd funding, his label ‘Yuma Labs’ was born. Two years later, materials manager Lenja Doms joined him. Entrepreneurship, technical knowledge and product development skills were combined to upscale the brand and develop a new production method, allowing Yuma Labs to open the door to a wider group of sustainable customers. Today, Yuma Sunglasses are made from recycled soft drinks bottles or bio-based nylon, made to last a lifetime, but simultaneously designed for disassembly. Customers can easily return the sunglasses, which are then disassembled and recycled in a fully circular process. Their latest project is a collaboration with COS.

CÉDRIC VANHOECK — RESORTECS

While studying Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft, Cédric Vanhoeck discovered the principles of circular economy and ‘Design for Disassembly’. Wanting to unite the creative and technical aspects of fashion, Vanhoeck went on to co-found ‘Resortecs’ with Vanessa Counaert in 2017. Resortecs offers an eco-system featuring sewing thread that melts and industrial disassembling ovens, so that garments can be dismantled five times faster. The melting thread makes both repairing and recycling much easier: clothing can be effortlessly disassembled and the fabric can be used over and over again, reducing the need to produce fabric from scratch. Resortecs has become a great success, winning H&M’s Global Change Award, the European Social Innovation Competition and Textirama’s Innovation Awards.

Nominees
Belgian
fashion
Awards

Emerging talent
of the year:

A young Belgian talent, Belgian label or designer installed in Belgium that shows a strong concept or a great creativity (own collection since max 3 years).

MERYLL ROGGE

Meryll Rogge studied fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. After her bachelor’s degree, she worked in New York as Women’s Collection Designer at Marc Jacobs for seven years. She also worked as Head of Women’s Design at Dries Van Noten for four years. In 2020, Rogge launched her eponymous autumn/winter collection at Paris Fashion Week. Meryll Rogge’s collections are known for their forward-looking style, combined with classic themes. The contemporary label focuses on eclectic silhouettes with an ‘80s-inspired spirit. Meryll Rogge’s ever-shifting approach to fashion embraces the ultra masculine just as effortlessly as the decorative opulence of the feminine. The Belgium-based designer works closely with local artisans to create playful pieces in exclusive prints.

BERNADETTE

BERNADETTE is the Antwerp-based fashion label of creative mother-and daughter duo Bernadette and Charlotte de Geyter. Fashion and interiors merge seamlessly for BERNADETTE. With an extensive archive of prints and florals, they are more than a fashion label: they create a lifestyle filled with joy, optimism, and striking florals to brighten up every part of your day. Their journey began in 2013, when Bernadette set up her eponymous knitwear brand, whilst Charlotte was studying fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Four years later, they launched their Antwerp-based label, combining Bernadette’s craftsmanship and Charlotte’s creative outlook into a shared vision of free-spirited allure.

ERRATUM FASHION — SIRÉ KABA

Erratum Fashion was founded by Siré Kaba, a Belgian of Guinean origin. Her brand is an elegant mix of her life in Belgium and her Guinean heritage. The Erratum Fashion atelier, located in the Brussels Molenbeek, is also part of a social project for professional reintegration. Erratum Fashion offers the urban woman who wants to broaden her horizon a colourful and elegant wardrobe. The name Erratum is Latin for ‘the correction of past mistakes’ and stands for the fact that the brand wants to rethink our relationship with Africa and fight against clichés. Siré Kaba dressed the Belgian princess Delphine for her first appearance at The National Day parade in July 2021.

FLORENTINA LEITNER

Florentina Leitner is an Austrian fashion designer based in Antwerp and London. She studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where she discovered her passion for prints, bright colours and voluminous shapes. After her graduation Florentina worked for a while in the womenswear design team at Dries Van Noten, as well as working on her own fashion brand. She now sells her brand in London at Shyness and online on her website. Florentina’s collections are elegant with a playful twist. Strong silhouettes and shapes combined with prints and unconventional fabric mixes make her collections stand out. She loves mixing different textures such as fake fur with flatter materials such as cotton and Lycra. The effect is extremely tactile.

SARAH LEVY

After 10 years of theoretical and practical activity in architecture, Sarah engaged in 2016 in a reflection on the uses of accessories within the Master Accessories offered by ENSAV La Cambre. Her first collection, for which she was awarded the Prix Artagon in 2018 and the Public prize at the Hyères Festival in 2019, adopts an experimental approach to accessories, inspired by our contemporary behaviours. This project evolved in the Habit Series which proposes a playful gallery of body extensions designed to offer material solutions, both practical and offbeat, to the transportation of objects that accompany us in our daily lives. While pursuing this personal project, Sarah collaborates as a freelance accessory designer with french Houses such as Hermès, Marine Serre or Patou. The two approaches to accessory design are complementary for Sarah, and fuel her creative process.

Nominees
Belgian
fashion
Awards

Most promising graduate
of the year

Promising student from a Belgian fashion school who has graduated in June 2019.

MOHAMMED EL MARNISSI – ROYAL ACADEMIE OF FINE ARTS, FASHION DEPARTEMENT

Mohammed El Marnissi graduated from the Antwerp Academy. His Master collection was inspired by a Middle Eastern love story st, combined with influences from the ‘60s and ‘70s, when love also played an important role. His collection is a tribute to anyone who strives to be him- or herself and breaks down current ways of thinking. How beautiful would it be if we could do what we really like and just wear what we love?

LILI SCHREIBER – LA CAMBRE

Lili Schreiber’s began her collection with an imaginary museum of artists she loves, who inspire her: Lynnette Yiadom Boyakje, Amy Sherald, Emma Amos, Meret Oppenheim and Claude Cahun. They juggle their identities (be it race, gender or other). They break the codes and impose their look, diverting, transforming, imagining and questioning. The pieces of the collection are modular, in the sense that each of them can be worn in a different way, to be decided by the wearer. The men’s trousers become a skirt, the oversized men’s shirt becomes a jacket, two shirts are paired to form a bomber jacket, cuts and materials enter into a dialogue. Lili Schreiber emphasises the inclusiveness – pieces called feminine go into dialogue with pieces of the male wardrobe.

OLIVIER D’HAUWE – SASK SINT-NIKLAAS

‘Man-Up’, Olivier’s Master collection explores what masculinity really means and how to show it in a clothing style. He combined influences from work wear and the clothes of construction workers with traditional clothing from native tribes in New Orleans, using technical fabrics and decorative elements such as feathers. Feathers were an important element in the collection because in North-American culture, they are a symbol of masculinity. Masculinity is not only about being tough; it can also be about softness.

AMANDINE BLANCHART – HELMO MODE

The collection of Amandine Blanchart, Tetropha, in a chromatic palette inspired by the human body is a tribute to craftsmanship, but also to painter and sculptor Victor Brauner. Amandine used the artist’s representations of dismembered human bodies as a guideline in her research into male clothing. She used the technique of Shibori combined with skilful beadwork, it resulted in a men’s shirt, the flagship piece of the collection.

MANON TANG – FRANCISCO FERRER HIGH

Manon Tang studied Fashion and Modelling at the Francisco Ferrer High School in Brussels. In her graduation collection ‘Ad Fontes’ she linked the Buddhist principle of rebirth to the re-cycling process of clothing. Both cycles have no end until the practitioner has reached his or her Nirvana. ‘Ad Fontes’ is a 100% upcycled luxury collection for which Manon received the MAD Graduation Prize 2021.

CAS DEKEYSER – KASK GENT

Cas graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent with his collection ‘Once I was a feminist’. In this collection he questioned his own view on female ideality in fashion. By stepping away from the idea of ‘dressing’, he rather focused on showing and hiding certain parts of the female body, adding a critical layer of tension. By questioning the role of fashion in this research, he made a graduate transition from garment-like to object-like silhouettes. He wanted to show his ideal and make the viewer question if the ideal imagery shown is even possible.

Nominees
Belgian
fashion
Awards

THE JURY PRIZE 2021

Belgian designer or designer living in Belgium, whose work in her/his own name or for a fashion house has particularly appealed to the jury.

This prize honours the career path of the designer. Nominations are by the members of the Official Jury.

Jury Belgian Fashion Awards

President of the jury: Chris Dercon

CEO Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais

Christian Wijnants

Designer & BFA winner Designer of the Year 2019

Alex Keller

ex-CEO Jil Sander, Commercial director Balenciaga and Martin Margiela

Christopher Morency

Editorial Director Highsnobiety

Marie-Hélène Vanderborght

Editor of C’est du Belge, RTBF

Serge Carreira

Head of Emerging Brands Initiative chez Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la mode

Elisa de Wyngaert

Curator MoMu Antwerp

Catherine Gauthier

Curator Musée Mode et Dentelle Bruxelles

Eve Demoen

Curator Modemuseum Hasselt

Pascale Mussard

Présidente Villa Noailles

Vena Brykalin

Art Director Vogue Ukraine

Angelo Flaccavento

journalist for ao Business of Fashion

Giancarlo Angeletti

VIER Antwerp

Guillaume Steinmetz

The Broken Arm Paris

Fashion brand
of the year

We asked Belgian brands to apply for this award. A professional jury made a careful selection, but the audience has the final say.
You can vote until 11 November.

Vote below to win a duo-ticket for the Belgian Fashion Awards 2021

LA COLLECTION

La Collection, the clothing line by Florence Cools, is all about femininity and elegance. She uses craftsmanship and superior materials to show that quality products are also more durable: the new luxury. The brand does its own thing, creating unique, timeless fashion.

KOMRADS

What started as an attempt to rescue the Soviet sneaker resulted in the development of a durable variant. The Komrads APL is a vegetarian sneaker, entirely made of recycled materials. In the past year the brand has become even more well known through, amongst other things, a collab with Belgian rock band DIRK.

CAROLINE BOSMANS

The collections of Caroline Bosmans explore the boundaries between girls and boys. Her daring, quirky pieces add a new dimension to childrenswear and do away with pigeonholing. Her unique and already iconic style is also a great hit with the children of international stars like Beyoncé and P. Diddy.

CASTART

In a society of extremes it is difficult to show your real self in a subtle way, especially for men. Castart aims to change this with durable, colourful clothes that feel quite casual. The brand has become such a success that the collection is already available in over ten countries.

IMPREVU

Imprevu makes women’s fashion that is ethical as well as aesthetic, with a young, dynamic look. If you want to buy something, be quick about it: in order to prevent overproduction, a new limited edition collection is launched every month.

OPHELIA LINGERIE

Art graduate Ophelia Debisschop started her brand Ophelia Lingerie in 2015. Each piece is unique, combining lace and cotton. To minimise the ecological impact, she set up a workshop in Antwerp where 80% of her pieces are produced. This initiative fits perfectly into the vision of the house, where lingerie is considered the greatest compliment a woman can give her body.

FAÇON JACMIN

Alexandra Jacmin graduated from La Cambre and then worked for the house of Jean-Paul Gaultier. Her sister Ségolène is an entrepreneur and together they founded Façon Jacmin in 2016. The brand creates unique clothing from Japanese denim. In 2021 the duo not only launched their seasonal collections, but also two capsule collections, together with Belgian labels Bidules and Sea Me Happy. The pieces are colourful and edgy.

NATAN

NATAN, led by Belgian designer Edouard Vermeulen since 1983, wanted to create an haute couture collection ‘to celebrate the way we dress up again, in spite of the fact that the world collapsed for a little while.’ With the new Circular collection NATAN presents sophisticated fashion with endless variations, giving some of the iconic pieces a second lease on life.

JULIA JUNE

The label Julia June was launched in 2012 and has become a pillar of Belgian fashion. The brand brings sophisticated clothing with a mix of strong pieces and timeless classics, fabulous prints and unique cuts. Key words are power, diversity and inspiration. A strong mix, as is shown in the latest advertising campaign with international top model Laurence De Bisschop.

LIES MERTENS

Lies Mertens is a young Belgian leather goods brand founded by Lies, who works together with Mauranne, Anne and Leni. Each bag is unique, designed in Antwerp and hand made in Italy and Portugal. This year the brand shows its attention to durability in two projects: they work with an energy-neutral manufacturer in Italy and they are developing a natural vegetarian collection that will be launched in 2022.

Belgian
Fashion
Awards

 

The Belgian Fashion Awards reward the established and emerging talent of the Belgian fashion industry. This is an overview of the winners of 2019.

The Jury Prize

Dirk Van Saene

Professional of the year

Pierre Debusschere

Emerging talent of the year

Namacheko

Most promising graduate

Bart Lapere, Dominique Rocour, Eve Delperdange, Maria Ossaba, Quinten Mestdagh, Samuel Quertinmont en Thurel Thonet

Designer of the year

Christian Wijnants

Entrepreneur of the year

Sofie D’Hoore en Chantal Spaas

Fashion Brand of the Year

Arte

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Belgian
Fashion
Awards

The Belgian Fashion Awards reward the established and emerging talent of the Belgian fashion industry. This is an overview of the winners of 2018.

The Jury Prize

Martin Margiela

Professional of the year

Willy Vanderperre

Emerging talent of the year

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Designer of the year

Glenn Martens

Entrepreneur of the year

Carol & Sarah Piron — Filles à Papa

Most promising graduate

Federica Di Leo

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Fashion
Awards

The Belgian Fashion Awards reward the established and emerging talent of the Belgian fashion industry. This is an overview of the winners of 2017.

The Jury Prize

Dries Van Noten

Professional of the year

Inge Grognard

Emerging talent of the year

Façon Jacmin

Designer of the year

Raf Simons

Entrepreneur of the year

Anton Janssens & Raf Maes — Komono

Most promising graduate

Rushemy Botter

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