When you look at Antwerp’s famous alumni, are they a good representation of the education you received?
I think that many of the students nowadays opt for Antwerp as an Academy due to alumni like Dries Van Noten and Demna Gvasalia. You can see the level of the Academy clearly through the level of design these alumni bring to the table. As students, we are pushed to go beyond fashion, to look at the wider perspective of arts and culture and that’s exactly what these designers are known for and what helped them grow. They work very conceptually, they approach designing in the creative way we all learn here as opposed to being business-orientated. Personally, I’m not drawn to the commercial aspect of the industry. I see myself as a designer, an artist.
What are your hopes for the future?
First of all, I hope to have a job. (laughs) And to make a tiny difference in the effort of making the world a better place. On an ecologic and ethical base mostly. I’m not claiming I’ll handle everything perfectly, but I want to strive towards making a difference and looking beyond our life course. Feminism is also close to my heart and I would love to help steer this progress from a fashion point of view. Creating change and development in our culture is something I firmly believe in. Aside from that, I’m not contemplating on starting my own label immediately. I’m looking forward to gaining experience at renowned fashion houses and learning from the best. It would be a great honour to work for a brand like Balenciaga or Gucci. I adore the specific way in which they handle creative concepts and incorporate romanticism into their ready-to-wear collections.