3. Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp):
–140 fashion students
–Tuition (not including room and board): $825/year for international students
–Famous grads: Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela, Kris Van Assche, Veronique Branquinho, Haider Ackermann, Bruno Pieters.
The Royal Academy is an elite design school. It’s known for its serious students–many drop out because they can’t handle the work load.
The Antwerp Six–Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Bikkembergs, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Van Saene and Marina Yee–put the school on fashion’s map in the early 1980s. Since then, it’s continued to produce all-star designers, from the legendary Martin Margiela to current industry favorites Haider Ackermann and Bruno Pieters.
If you’re exceptionally dedicated, with an experimental, innovative, and avant garde sensibility, this may be the place for you. It’s part of one of the oldest design schools in the world, and has produced some stellar talent in the past 20 years. (Oh, and you better learn Dutch!)