Af Vandevorst

Born in 1968 and 1971 respectively, Belgians An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx become a duo design team once they realized their true passion for fashion. They viewed fashion as a way to communicate their fashionistic thoughts.

The design duo met one another at the Royal Academy in Antwerp in 1987. Upon graduating, Vandevorst was an assistant to a well-known fashion designer – Dries Van Noten. Arickx, on the other hand, had worked his teenager years for Dirk Bikkembergs and went into the military following the Academy before working as a freelance stylist and designer.

 

 

In 1997, the husband-and-wife team developed their very own fashion label with the first collection being presented in Paris for 1998 autumn/winter. The label took off with a bang and become a huge success virtually overnight. Their second collection received the Paris Fashion Week’s Venus de la Mode award – an esteemed prize for newbies in the fashion industry. The pair were later invited to design the 2000 spring/summer and autumn/winter for the Ruffo Research Collection. This is an opportunity that is often offered to newer and younger designers that are getting their foot in the door but have true potential in the industry.

With their enduring symbol being that of a medical-style red cross, the design duo’s clothing conveys a unique confidence with a little femininity that suggests sensual yet intellectual. AF Vandevorst traditional clothing is just off-center but refined. When designing collections, their inspiration often comes from the outside world, such as honey bees in the autumn/winter collection of 2003. Continuing to showcase their talents and designs on the catwalk in Paris, they recently took their label to the next step by offering lingerie, accessories and footwear.