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Dirk Bikkembergs

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Dirk Bikkembergs is a Belgian designer, graduating from the Royal Academy of fine arts in Antwerp.

In 1986, Bikkembergs went to London during fashion week to showcase his collection together with fellow graduates Ann Demeulemeester, Walter van Beirendonck, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene and Marina Yee.

From this point on, they would be known as the iconic ‘Antwerp Six’.

Dirk Bikkembergs gained notoriety in the 90’s with his boots inspired by workman’s shoes or mountaineering boots. Not only was the concept so groundbreaking, but also how he presented these boots: combining these heavy duty boots with suits.

Some iconic details of Dirk’s boots include the holes drilled in the soles, through which the laces shoulder be put and afterwards wrapped around the boot. Some models have metals heels, with or without slit, reinforcing the ‘heavy duty’ aesthetic. All the mountaineering boots feature the larger square sole on the front and included a blue and black mountaineering elastic with hooks.

Due to their iconic status, all these models are heavy collected by fashion museums around the world and included in their permanent collection.

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