During the Royal Academy’s annual fashion show, students have the opportunity to showcase their creativity and innovative ideas to thousands of people from all over the world, from professional designers to fashion aficionados. This year’s SHOW2016 was visited by around 4,000 people.
SHOW2016 wanted to show people fashion is not an isolated and superficial concept, but part of our world and that it includes self-reflection. These ideas were represented through the poster designed for this year’s fashion show, the designs of the students, and by the large mirror at the start of the catwalk, which intended to symbolize a literal reflection. On top of this, the show was accompanied by the renowned Belgian women’s choir Scala, also wearing creations designed by the students.
Bachelor Students 2016
The show started off with the first year bachelor students displaying their technique with beige-toned skirts, abundant dresses, and colorful, experimental outfits. The second year students presented a historical costume, among others inspired by religion, war, and royalty, mostly during the 19th century. The students of the third year designed ethnic costumes, where many found their inspiration from various countries, including Japan, New Zealand and Burkina Faso.
Master Students 2016
The fashion show of the Royal Academy is an important moment for the Master students. This year’s six students first presented their ideas and inspiration behind their collection during the PARCOURS, each at a unique location somewhere in the city of Antwerp. This project also gave the audience the opportunity to get a closer look at the designs of the students.
MISS by Jannike Sommar is a women’s collection inspired by the series Orange Is the New Black and talks about women in prison. The ‘MISS’ refers to the women, but also alluding to the fact they’re all missing someone in their lives. The Swedish student created many oversized looks and included elements of the 1980s in her garments, using big and double shoulders, bright colors, and glitter. Within the collection, Sommar designed a wedding dress which seems to be made of blankets and pieces that represent toilet paper. Jannike Sommar won the Belmodo Award, awarded by fashion blog and magazine Belmodo Media.
The Belgian student Emmanuel A. Ryngaert’s collection for men is named after his inspiration, Meccano, referring to the toys and modular furniture. By using a laser cut technique instead of the traditional needle and thread, Ryngaert’s clothing can be assembled and reassembled everywhere in the world. For his garment, he mostly used a certain type of foam, giving it a playful look. He also designed shoes, following the Meccano motto. His collaboration with Theo Eyewear lead to an original and wearable self-assembly collection of sunglasses. Ryngaert received the Weekend Knack Award for his collection.
Timo Zündorf presented his men’s collection Brink, reshaping used clothing to new, tailored pieces. The German-born student was inspired by the relationship between people and their garment, and the way they use it to hide or express themselves. His collection consisted of garments going from white, sober outfits to bright pieces, formal shoes, and glasses, created of old glasses. Timo Zündorf was rewarded with the BVBA32 Award and the FFI Award.
La Belle et est La Bête is a story about the Beauty who is also the Beast. The American Jennifer Dols expresses this duality of the human being in her women’s collection by combining feminine garments and colors with animalistic elements, such as fur, prints, and werewolf-inspired boots. She also collaborated with Dabin Lee to design a quite delicate jewellery collection, inspired by nature. Jennifer Dols was handed the Fashion Department Award.
How To Catch a Fish: the women’s collection by Charlotte De Geyter Pittoors, who is also a Belgian student, consists of fragile and feminine designs. Inspired by the tranquility of nature, her ideas resulted in wearable and refined garment and shoes, using a lot of white, blue, and green colors, together with handmade flowers, radiating positive vibes. De Geyter Pittoors was happy to receive the Maison Anna Heylen Award and the MoMu Award.
Shone Puipia, from Thailand, presented his women’s collection called The Wild Bunch. Inspired by a movie where a group of Victorian girls go for a picnic, ending with most of them disappearing, he opted to combine Victorianism and femininity with animalism, referring to wild, unknown nature. This resulted in feminine garments combined with bold, furry pieces and strong, leather boots. Shone Puipia won the Graanmarkt13 Award and the Rosier41 Award.
Witnessing these garments and unique collections on the models of the catwalk will make you wonder when – not if – the world will hear from these talented students again, and viewers can’t help but look forward to seeing them bring these new ideas to the fashion scene.