Nick Haemels left and Anna Mikhlaihova right

go backstage at the antwerp academy graduate show

Take a look at tomorrow's fashion heavyweights.

by i-D Staff; photos by Sander Muylaert, and Gretar Ingi Gunnlaugsson
06 June 2018, 1:25pm

Nick Haemels left and Anna Mikhlaihova right

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp has one of the most reputable fashion design schools in the world. Its alumni include Demna Gvasalia, Martin Margiela, Peter Pilotto and the esteemed Antwerp Six -- Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs, Marina Yee and Walter Van Beirendonck.

The recent graduate show proved they're still at the top of the game. Versatility and ingenuity underpinned the collections -- there were intricate headpieces, surprising silhouettes and a giant patchworked American flag dress accessorised with a bag reading "Anything Helps".

Take a look below at tomorrow's fashion heavyweights.

Seungyeop Lee
Designer Anna Mikhlaihova
Designer Anna Gradetchlieva
Designer Béla Juttner
Designer Nick Haemels
Designer Di Du
Designer Hyejin Kim
Designer Nel Maertens
Designer Jaylin Kim
Designer Brandon Wen
Designer Shuting Qu
Designer Noa Kapchitz & Elijah Schali
Designer Shayli Harrison
Designer Federica Di Leo
Designer Michal Gruca
Dries Van Noten
Antwerp Six
demna gvasalia
Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp