Good fashion is like rock music, all anarchy and revolt. - Ann Demeulemeester
Born in the small medieval city of Waregem in 1959, she never set out to be a designer, but was led there by painting. As a young art student, she was intrigued by the clothing subjects wore when sitting for their portrait. "Drawing people, I naturally thought, what are they wearing?" she said in 2002. "And then thought, Maybe I should go to school and be a fashion designer." It was as a student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp that she met Dries Van Noten and Martin Margiela, who would become her cohorts as members of the famous Antwerp Six, who, in 1986, rented a van and brought their cutting-edge wares to an enraptured audience in London.
Launched in 1985, Ann Demeulemeester has consistently attracted clients who like a little art in their wardrobe. Mixing varied fabrics then often slashing, ripping, and tearing them, a slouchy masculinity is Demeulemeester’s signature. Often in a moody palette of brown, grey, and black, you can rely on Demeulemeester for directional classics.