Belgian Fashion Awards

Belgian Fashion Awards 2021 - design by Wouter Hoste - photo by J. Van Belle
Belgian Fashion Awards 2021 - design by Wouter Hoste - photo by J. Van Belle

2021 has marks the 4th edition of the Belgian Fashion Awards. Flanders DC (Flanders District of Creativity), Le Vif Weekend, Knack Weekend, WBDM and MAD (Brussels Fashion and Design Platform) have joined forces to put established names and emerging talent from the Belgian Fashion industry in the spotlight.

The world sees Belgian fashion as unique, avant garde and professional. With this in mind, we thought it was about time to show off the different aspects of the Belgian fashion industry by introducing the Belgian Fashion Awards. It is a one of a kind initiative for Belgium and and has taken place during Fashion Talks 2021 on the 25th of November.

seven awards were handed out in the following categories:

  • The Jury Prize 2021: Walter Van Beirendonck

  • Designer of the Year 2021: Nicolas Di Felice

  • Professional of the Year 2021: Benoit Bethume

  • Changemaker of the Year 2021: Resortecs

  • Emerging talent of the Year 2021 & Prize from the Fashion & Lace Museum, Brussels: Meryll Rogge

  • Most Promising Graduate 2021: Lili Schreiber

  • Fashion fire of the Year 2021, audience award: Imprevu

  • Belgian Fashion Awards x UPR prize: Bernadette

The international jury

  • Chris Dercon (BE), chairperson of Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris

  • Giancarlo Angeletti (BE), founder and owner of VIER Antwerp

  • Vena Brykalin (UA), art director Vogue Ukraine

  • Serge Carreira, head of the Emerging Brands Initiative, Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode

  • Eve Demoen (BE), curator of the Hasselt Fashion Museum

  • Elisa De Wyngaert (BE), curator of the MOMU, Antwerp

  • Angelo Flaccavento (IT), freelance fashion journalist for media organisations like the Business Of Fashion

  • Catherine Gauthier (BE), curator of the Mode & Lace Museum, Brussels

  • Alex Keller (DE), ex-CEO Jil Sander, commercial director Balenciaga and Martin Margiela

  • Christopher Morency (CAN), editorial director HighSnobiety

  • Pascale Mussard (FR), chairman of the Festival de Hyères

  • Guillaume Steinmetz (FR), founder of The Broken Arm, Paris

  • Marie-Hélène Vanderborght (BE), journalist, C’est du Belge, RTBF

  • Christian Wijnants (BE), fashion designer & winner of the BFA Designer of the Year 2019

About the Belgian Fashion Awards

The Belgian Fashion Awards have been organised annually since 2017 by the organisations Flanders DC, MAD Brussels, Wallonia-Brussels Design Mode (WBDM), and the magazines Knack Weekend and Le Vif Weekend. These awards were created to highlight the reputation, creativity, and diversity of Belgian fashion both at home and abroad. We also want to pay attention here to those who work behind the scenes and provide a stage for lesser-known names and new talent. Annually, the awards are a stimulus to celebrate Belgian fashion, meet each other, and deepen ties across the creative sector. Besides being surreal, modest, industrious, avant-garde, and no-nonsense, the organisers show that Belgian fashion also stands for independence, personality, and sustainability. At the Belgian Fashion Awards, we give a voice to the Belgian fashion industry, which is usually humble.