Amsterdam and Antwerp and Milan! Oh my!

By Audrey Bratcher

We are #blessed to be living during a time when there are so many different and influential places in the world of fashion. Whether a country’s designs are completely unique, or a spin off a traditional garment, there’s always something interesting to see. It should be of no surprise that Milan it is amongst the four most significant fashion capitals in the world. However, I must tip my hat to Amsterdam and Antwerp for rising to the occasion and standing their own ground.

Quick shout out to the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts for producing the famous Antwerp Six design collective and their 1988 avant-garde collections that put the city on the fashion map. Located along the River Scheldt, it is better thought of as a port city, but it is time to throw that stereotype out the window. Besides being home to designers like Tim Van Steenbergen designing for top celebrities like Katy Perry, it also has a prominent street style allowing for individuals to be creative while still looking good for themselves. Snaps for Antwerp.333

Before this assignment, I merely thought of Amsterdam as the city Hazel Grace and Augustus visited in The Fault in Our Stars. Well, now it’s the fault in MY stars for not realizing what a cool fashion scene they had. Straying away from their traditional dress, the volendam, Amsterdam’s current trends include neutrally colored items like trench coats and scarves. It is also my honor to introduce Lisa Konno, an Amsterdam-based designer, who showed her first collection at the January 2015 Fashion Week. Konno displayed her innovative designs through her most recent collection, Yours Truly. Through this collection she allowed the customers to feel as if they were apart of making the garments. She was able to achieve that all while sticking to her ethics of recycling and not participating in the use of sweatshops.


Now, the devil might wear Prada, but that just means he got the opportunity to go to one of the most famous fashion capitals in the world: Milan. The Prada design house, led by creative director Miuccia Prada, has continuously produced fine leather goods since opening in 1913. Amongst other things, Italy is home to high-quality fabrics that stores like J.Hilburn are known for using. With a plethora of street style blogs like My Free Choice, keeping up with the latest trends has never been easier or informative. Men and women now roam the streets looking effortlessly chic and casual.

As Rachel Zoe said, “Style is a way of saying who you are without having to speak” (Smith, 2014). So although these cities may be thousands of miles apart, speak different languages, have different cultures and traditions, or different beauty ideals, they all have one thing in common: the use of fashion as an expression of art, individuality and a way to tell their story.


Images Work Cited (in order that they appear in the paper)

Team, G. (2015, September 16). Putting Together the Antwerp Six – Geert Bruloot. Retrieved April 09, 2016, from

Visser, J. (n.d.). Antwerp Fashion Observer. Retrieved April 09, 2016, from

Street style bottom picture: Angela. (2016, February 10). StunningStreetstyle Amsterdam. Retrieved from

Ryan Kennedy, Claudio Monteiro & Berthil Espegren for J.Hilburn SS16. (2016, February 25). Retrieved from

Erika. (2016, February 28). Omega Ladymatic. Retrieved from

Work Cited

Smith, L. (2014, February 11). 35 Best Fashion Quotes Of All Time. Retrieved April 09, 2016, from!image-number=8

The Antwerp Six. (n.d.). Retrieved April 09, 2016, from

Angela. (2016, February 25). StunningStreetstyle Amsterdam. Retrieved from

Schwarz, M. (2016). Lisa Konno. Retrieved from

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