Show 23, the annual creative statement from the graduating fashion students of the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, once again highlighted why Antwerp remains synonymous with fashion innovation and stylistic boundary-pushing. Under the stewardship of Brandon Wen, now leading the Academy’s Fashion Department, a new cohort of design talents was unveiled.
Antonia Vera Kannefass and Masculine Elegance
Antonia Vera Kannefass showcased exquisite menswear pieces that managed to be both ethereal and substantial. Her beautiful white garments were refined and sensual, introducing a masculine touch to corsets and pleated skirts that seemed to redefine the boundaries of men’s fashion.
Marcel Sommer’s ‘AFTER[MA]TH’
One of the highlights of the show was Marcel Sommer‘s collection, named “AFTER[MA]TH”. His tailoring was striking, demonstrating a keen understanding of cut, shape, and volume. References to workwear and bold geometric lines added a layer of audacity to his creations. His mastery of the pleating technique was especially evident in jackets, shirts, tops, and outerwear. An intricate grey bomber jacket, featuring rectangular pockets and a rounded shoulder, was a standout piece.
Juyoung Ahn’s Provocative Sculptural Wear
Juyoung Ahn presented a provocative line of sculptural jackets and coats with deliberate exaggeration. His bold designs underscored the explorative ethos of the Antwerp fashion scene, further pushing the boundaries of conventional fashion.
This annual event reaffirms the critical role of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp in cultivating and showcasing emerging fashion talents. Their innovative and audacious approach to fashion continues to set the bar for global fashion design.