Ann Demeulemeester (1959)

The Belgian designer privileges romantic and androgynous dark garments that often refer to military style details and sport her trademark feathers. A member of the “Antwerp Six” alongside Dries Van Noten or Walter Van Beirendonck, she depicts Belgium's avant-garde and radical fashion scene. In the center of her work since she discovered her 1975 album, egery and friend Patti Smith. The American songwriter keeps on inspiring Demeulemeester's rock and melancholic style, hair down pouring on shirts and dresses. In November 2013, Demeulemeester announces she would quit her maison to face new challenges. Just like her fellow student in Antwerp, Martin Margiella, she might have wanted to take the money and run or, more likely because it appears that there's no money, to stop a demanding creation that has to deal with figures and marketing. Her last show would take place in January 2014 in Paris.