2014 Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts Graduates Collections.
6:36 pm, 6 July 2014
Lets talk about talent. Real talent. The type that kind of makes you look at everything else and think it's maybe a bit lame... the type of talent present in the collections of the Bachelor and Masters, students and graduates of Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts.
An academy renowned for it's encouragement of assertive innovation and re-creation, it comes as no surprise to learn the Belgian based coveted Antwerps', provided the educational and creative foundations for modern-day design pioneers such as Peter Pilotto, Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Martin Margiela and Walter Van Beirendonck. (More on W.V.B to come)
As one of the oldest schools of art in the world - in 2013 RAFA celebrated it's 350th Anniversary - the school has firmly established it's own unique sense of culture, evidentually present in each of the students works. This culture is firmly motivated by nothing other then the absolute encouragement of pure, driven and relentless experimentation into creativity, approached physically, emotionally and aesthetically, and this years collections display evidence of nothing less.
For the 2014 annual graduates show, past student and avant-garde visionary Walter Van Beirendonck played a leading roll in curating the show. The show allows students from all 4 years to showcase their works, while Masters students present full-fledged collections nothing short of world class, all to a crowd of up to 6,000 spectators. Did I mention this also includes a judging panel including the likes of Susie Bubble. While I see it only fair to award all students with an A+, a few standout pieces came from the following designer...
For further coverage on the show head over to Dazed and Confused.
Images also via Dazed and Confused.