The Royal Academy of Antwerp presented its 2009 show last week. The show was an absolute success with designers from all over the world presenting their fantastic ideas and collections. Though the show was a bit lengthy almost as long as a feature film but was still worth watching. There were almost 6000 spectators including the fashion critic Suzy Menkes, the designer Olivier Theyskens and former graduate Walter van Beirendonck.
Many students from freshers to the graduates presented visual presentations of their experimental themes. The college which always encourages new talent continued to do this and the third year visionary Pierre-Antoine Vettorello presented a trigger-happy collection which included catsuits that looked more like sculptures and models contorting their bodies into half-handstands to create the shape of a machine gun.
There could have not been a better ending than Lea Dickley’s show of draped nomadic goddesses, a collection inspired by people who shun the technological bubble in favor of a life off-the-grid. Well, like every year, this year too was a huge success with an abundance of talent to be seen.