Belgium, a top destination for fashion lovers!

When people are asked about fashion capitals, most will invariably respond with Paris, Milan and New York. Not many people know this, but Antwerp too is considered as one of the world’s fashion capitals.

The river port of Antwerp has been a fashion centre since the early 1300s when it dominated the European wool trade. In the 1500s, Antwerp was one of the richest cities in Europe, with many rich and well-dressed inhabitants. Many centuries later in the 1980s, a group of young designers, named the “Antwerp Six”, decided to breathe new life into their heritage. The world-renowned group, which graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in the 1980s, is still highly active, both in Belgium and internationally. Several of the Six are fashion leaders with their own labels, such as Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester and Dirk Bikkembergs. Younger graduates such as Haider Ackermann, A.F. Vandervorst and Wim Bruynooghe have also made their mark on the world stage.

In 2013, the prestigious Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp celebrated its 50th anniversary. However, the oldest Belgian fashion academy is the fashion institute “La Cambre”, founded in 1927 in the European capital of Brussels. The Brussels fashion academy “La Cambre” is at the top level of the international fashion scene, with Kim Stumpf, Jean Paul Lespagnard, Louise Leconte and Anthony Vaccarello as notable alumni in the fashion world.

While the Antwerp style is often described as avant-garde and dark, the Brussels style is romantic and playful. Belgian fashion design is marked by its quality, soberness, innovation and a high-level of craftsmanship, recognised and celebrated around the world. Brussels and Antwerp are a 45-minute drive from each other, as well as being easily accessible by public transport. So don’t hesitate to stop by for an amazing shopping experience in both cities. You will discover that Belgium is a great place for fashion!

Fashion in Belgium©Sofie Coreynen/©©Ulrike Biets for Modo Brussels

5 must-do’s in Brussels:

  1. Visit the famous couturiers, stylists, designers and jewellers in the Antoine Dansaert Straat / Rue Antoine Dansaert and Léon Lepage Straat / Rue Léon Lepage.
  2. Explore the trendy concept stores in Châtelain.
  3. Discover Belgian state-of-the-art brands like Café Costume, Fabuleux Marcel de Bruxelles, Just in Case, Filles à papa, Clio Goldbrenner… as well as international brands.
  4. Take a long fashion walk along the Avenue Louise with a specialised guide.
  5. Ask a personal shopper from the Brussels Fashion and Design Centre to design an individually-tailored shopping tour especially for you.

5 reasons to visit Antwerp:

  1. 7 shopping areas in the historical area, all within walking distance.
  2. Shop till you drop in the historic city centre on every first Sunday of the month when the shops stay open.
  3. Thanks to the quality label “Antwerp’s Most Brilliant”, you can easily find a jeweller that is 100% reliable and combines superior quality with fantastic service.
  4. Highest presence of exclusive fashion labels, including the flagship stores of Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester.
  5. The MoMu, Antwerp's Fashion Museum

To further enjoy your shopping experience in Belgium, don’t forget to make a stop in Ghent which has a high concentration of vintage shops, or to visit the well-stocked markets of Wallonia. Book your flight now and come on over for an amazing shopping experience in Belgium - a land that is filled with of talent and creativity!

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