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Walter Van Beirendonck Designer Profile- Stylert.com
Walter Van Beirendonck is an avant-garde Belgian fashion designer.His clothes are made of innovative high-tech fabrics combined with bright color combinations and bold graphics.
By: gaby schmid
Walter Van Beirendonck was born in Belgium and he studied at the esteemed Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
While still studying, he was designing during the period 1977-1980 for Oke Sportswear. He spent the next few years after graduation doing free-lance sketching for Belgian fashion magazines.
In 1985, in London, a group of 6 fashion designers from Antwerp collectively presented their collections. They were known as The Antwerp Six. They included Anne Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela, Josephus Thimister, Dirk Bikkembergs, and Walter Van Beirendonck. They all are now celebrated fashion designers.
Launching his first collection under his self-titled label in 1983, his big break came in 1987 where at the British Designer Show he presented as one part of the influential ‘Antwerp Six’. He launched his first collection « Sado » in 1983 and secured various collaborations. With his menswear collection of Spring-Summer 2006, Walter Van Beirendonck has made his success in Paris with creativity and modernity known as the Antwerp Six.
While designing for his own label, he also designed sportswear for the Rhinosaurus Rex line for Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre, untill 1992.
Walter Van Beirendonck also has designed for rock groups, including U-2's world tour. For 12 years, from 1984 to 1996, Walter was also a teacher at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
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