Ann Demeulemeester is the fashion house of the same name that was founded in 1985 by the Belgian designer Ann Demeulemeester. Known for her elegant cuts and dark yet glamorous style, the designer has become one of the world’s most respected creative voices in the fashion industry. The label is based in Antwerp and offers clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelery for men and women. “The Ann Demeulemeester brand has evolved into an intelligent approach to fashion – it transcends trends and instead offers a constantly evolving system of dressing that is both deeply personal to the wearer and profoundly relevant to its context – thanks to its integrity and fierce independence, describes the label on its own website.
Ann Demeulemeester graduated in 1981 from the now renowned fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and soon after became known as part of the Antwerp Six, a group of visionary university graduates that also included Martin Margiela and Dries Van Noten.
Together with her husband, photographer Patrick Robyn, she founded her own label in 1985, which quickly gained international recognition. Her first fashion show took place in Paris in 1991. In 1996 she launched a men’s collection in addition to her women’s collection.
Over time, Ann Demeulemeester was able to build an internationally successful business with her gothic and bohemian-inspired collections. In 2013, Demeulemeester withdrew from her label and appointed the French designer Sébastien Meunier, who had been part of her design team since 2010, as her successor.
Since leaving her brand, Demeulemeester has lived in the small Belgian town of Kessel and has been experimenting with various new concepts, including sculpture, crockery, furniture and design.
Since 2020, the Ann Demeulemeester brand has been owned by the Italian Claudio Antonioli and has three independent stores in Antwerp, Tokyo and Hong Kong. The highlight is the minimalist, black and white flagship store in Antwerp. The label also has its own online shop and is sold internationally at major retailers and department stores.
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