The Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts – AP university College Antwerp and the Fashion Department of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuals de la Cambre in Brussels are collaborating for the very first time on their annual fashion show posters with a positive statement and message against the recent attacks in Brussels.
‘STOP TERRORISING OUR WORLD’, the slogan on Walter Van Beirendonck’s now-legendary tunic from his Fall 2015 collection, has also become the symbol the world-renowned Antwerp and Brussels are unanimously using to announce their annual fashion shows of 2016.
Walter Van Beirendonck, head of Fashion Department in Antwerp: ‘Photographer Pierre Debusschere and La Cambre teacher Pierre Daras contacted me shortly after the attacks in Brussels asking if they could shoot that specific piece for the poster of La Cambre’s annual fashion show. As head of the Fashion Department, I am very connected to Antwerp. At first the request seemed a bit strange but immediately afterwards, I realized the power of such a statement should both schools send out the same message. It is time that we get rid of the alleged separation between fashion in Antwerp and Brussels. Plus, obviously this is also a political message against terrorism.’
Tony Delcampe, head of La Cambre: ‘While our school programmes are often played off against each other, Walter and I have never personally clashed but we have also never collaborated. It is great to be united and come out with one clear message.’