"In the backyard of the [Royal Academy of Fine Arts] school was this little building, on the verge of collapsing. You would have to very carefully go over the stairs, because if you took one mis-step, you could literally push your feet through them. It was almost dangerous. So I think that the whole thing melted well together. It was the switch from the 80s to 90s, the reaction on excess with minimalism and deconstruction, the first appearance of grunge. So that feeling of romanticism, together with the history, the building and the run down corridors with the statues, it really did make a big impact on how you formed your visual language. I really think there was something quite dark and magical about it, matching perfectly the zeitgeist of the period."

— Willy Vanderperre
Angelo Figus, 1999
The Italian designer Angelo Figus graduates from the fashion department at the Antwerp Academy in 1999. A few months later he shows his graduation collection, a men’s collection, during the Haute Couture week in Paris. In 2000 he launches a women’s collection which he shows in Paris. Angelo Figus’s work is conceptual and dreamy. Typical are the ingenious drapes, the unusual shapes and volumes. In 2003 he is responsible for the GenovanversaeviceversA exhibition at the MoMu, as part of Europalia Italy.

Angelo Figus, 1999

The Italian designer Angelo Figus graduates from the fashion department at the Antwerp Academy in 1999. A few months later he shows his graduation collection, a men’s collection, during the Haute Couture week in Paris. In 2000 he launches a women’s collection which he shows in Paris. Angelo Figus’s work is conceptual and dreamy. Typical are the ingenious drapes, the unusual shapes and volumes. In 2003 he is responsible for the GenovanversaeviceversA exhibition at the MoMu, as part of Europalia Italy.


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