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...Ann Demeulemeester’s Spring/Summer 2000 show for her eponymous brand was presented at Paris Fashion Week. Typical of the designer's individual style, looks were casual and androgynous. Garments included loose-fitting pants, signature black...
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...Ann Demeulemeester’s Spring/Summer 1996 show was presented at Paris Fashion Week. This show continued Demeulemeester’s exceptional skill of creating monochromatic tailoring for both men and women, beginning with black tailored suits...
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...Ann Demeulemeester’s Autumn/Winter 1996 show was presented at Paris Fashion Week. The show began with black deconstructed tailoring for women in monochromatic tones which opened up to colors such as red, purple, magenta, and sage green...
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...Ann Demeulmeester’s Spring/Summer 1997 show was presented at Paris Fashion Week. The collection encompassed Demeulmeester’s focus on silhouettes and featured her well known ‘hints of emotion and emphasis on sexuality’. Womenswear featured...

Ann Demeulemeester

Elizabeth Kutesko

Elizabeth Kutesko is Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Designer biography

...Ann Demeulemeester was born in Kortrijk, Belgium in 1959 and studied fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp from 1978 to 1981. On graduating she worked for six years as a freelance designer for international ready-to-wear men...
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...Ann Demeulemeester’s Autumn/Winter 1997 show was presented at Paris Fashion Week. With its blend of drapery and tailoring, this collection demonstrated the androgyny and asymmetry that characterized Demeulemeester’s designs. The collection...
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...Ann Demeulemeester’s Spring/Summer 1997 show was presented at Paris Fashion Week. The show began with Patti Smith’s song ‘Spell’, where the singer repeated the word ‘Holy’ throughout; reflected in tank tops worn by both male and female...
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...Ann Demeulemeester’s Autumn/Winter 1999 show was presented at Paris Fashion Week. Demeulemeester's pared-down aesthetic combined rough edges with more traditionally cut tailoring. Her minimalist designs were complex, with her signature...

Demeulemeester, Ann

The Berg Companion to Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

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...Ann Demeulemeester (1959–) was born in Courtrai, Belgium. When she presented her first winter collection in Paris in 1987, six years after graduating in fashion design from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, the press release...
...The Collection in Context Ann Demeulemeester founded her company with her husband Patrick Robyn in 1985. Her first collections were taken to London, where they were shown only to buyers. This changed in October 1991, when she held her first...