Antwerp, laboratory of fashion
Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp | Fashion Department
Antwerp’s Fashion Department is internationally-acclaimed and is the source for our reputation as a fashion city. Every year, exceptional talent that garners international coverage graduates from Antwerp’s Fashion Department.
The Academy is included in the top 10 unofficial rankings of world-class fashion programmes. The Fashion Department gave the city a strong past and an active and creative present, in addition to being the breeding ground for future talent.
The city provides robust support to this academic training programme, which is a mainstay and anchor of our fashion city.
MoMu | Fashion Museum in Antwerp
The ModeMuseum or Fashion Museum is one of the 10 most beautiful fashion museums in the world. Located in the heart of the Fashion District, it presents a unique perspective on (international) fashion culture. The museum’s reputation is used to introduce contemporary Antwerp designers to international visitors.
MoMu is a very dynamic museum. It presents two temporary exhibitions every year. For each exhibition, the space is completely transformed to engulf visitors in the world of the designer or the theme.
MoMu collects, conserves, studies and exhibits Belgian fashion. The museum houses an impressive collection of more than 30.000 items. The scientific literature on fashion in the MoMu library belongs to the absolute world top.
Antwerp enjoys a special status in the fashion world. As a small city, it has managed to cement its position for several decades, alongside such international powerhouses as Paris, London, Milan and New York. Our city has acquired this status thanks to the strong reputation of the Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, the MoMu fashion museum and the creativity and innovativeness of fashion entrepreneurs who were trained in Antwerp. The city also has a unique and qualitative retail offering.
The city of Antwerp seeks to continue this legacy and developed targeted actions to cement and grow its position as an international fashion city. Capitalizing on bottom-up initiatives from the anchors and the market, the city aims to cultivate an environment of support for emerging talent and entrepreneurship while strengthening Antwerp's brand image in fashion on a local and international level.