“Fashion is like rock: Always find a rebel base”
Always inspired by her friend Patti Smith, pagan poet and punk princess if any, Ann Demeulemeester is a creative that is not afraid to express his feelings. In fact, it’s the same because of his work and why it has many very loyal fans today.
Born in 1959 in Belgium, Ann Demeulemeester studied fashion at the Royal Academy of Antwerp where she graduated in 1981, member of a promotion soon to be known as the “Antwerp Six”. She launched her own label in 1985 with her husband Patrick Robyn.
In 1992 she presents her first womenswear collection in Paris, then a menswear collection in 1996. The subversive austerity and worried romanticism of his first creations, combined with a deliberately rough finish, the quickly rising among the stars the new European wave: the deconstructionist.
Ann Demeulemeester, however, has always avoided the media circus, favoring a personal and emotional way. She often cuts her clothes on her because she is so interested in the feel of the garment on the body than its look. She rarely adds color to her creations.
The black and white is almost ubiquitous in its collections. It treats more like shadows and volume and not as clean tones. The aim is to highlight the personality of one who wear the garments and not “decorate a dummy.”
She loves working with natural materials such as leather, wool, flannel and fur, as many fabrics that highlight the sense of touch. Over the years, its collections have undergone a constant evolution.
It explores the male / female conflict by mixing perfection of cutting and layering of fabrics feel softer, always with an easy sensuality and spirit very rock and roll. Ann Demeulemeester opened his own shop in Antwerp in 1999.
She housed in an impressive building from the 19th century, a former school of marine … She needed a place where she could create her own universe and at the same time there to penetrate those working key .
In his latest collection, the designer includes some ethnic touches in her looks, while subtlety. Hoods reminiscent of Indian saris, pants discreetly inspired by jodhpurs. A success. Its collections are sold in over 30 countries worldwide.
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