Tonight Le Vif Weekend, Knack Weekend, MAD (Brussels Fashion & Design Platform), WBDM (Wallonia-Brussels Design Fashion) and Flanders DC (Flanders District of Creativity) once again honoured the established and future talents of Belgian fashion.

Belgian designers are essential for the fashion industry nowadays. What started with the success of the Antwerp Six, evolved into a new generation of vibrant talent. Belgian fashion is internationally acknowledged as avant-garde, professional and with an own unique vision. The Belgian Fashion Awards reward local fashion talent along with giving them the recognition that they deserve.

The winners of the 2018 Belgian Fashion Awards were announced during the launch of the exhibition of 35 jaar Mode, dit is Belgisch, at the MAD, Brussels Fashion & Design Platform.

Expo 35 jaar Mode, dit is Belgisch © Alexandra Bertels

These are the winners:

1. Jury prize

The jury prize awarded a Belgian designer or designer living in Belgium, whose work in her/his own name or for a fashion house has particularly appealed to the jury. It is awarded to Martin Margiela, for his entire career and his obvious impact on the history of fashion but also on today’s collections, and more than likely the ones to come.

2. Designer of the year

The title of Designer of the year is awarded to a Belgian designer or designer living in Belgium, whose work in her/his own name or for a fashion house has impressed the jury over the past 12 months. It is awarded to Glenn Martens for his new vision on fashion, via Y/Project.

3. Emerging talent of the year

The prize of the Emerging talent of the year is awarded to a young Belgian talent, Belgian label or designer installed in Belgium that shows a strong concept or a great creativity. The winner must be active at a professional level and have started producing her/his collections in the last 3 years. The winners are Olivia Borlée and Elodie Ouedraogo for 42I54. The two designers, who successfully link sport and fashion through their label, continue to develop it in Belgium and abroad. They received, from the organizers of the BFA, an award of 5.000 €.

Willy Vanderperre receives the award of 'Professional of the year' © Alexandra Bertels

4. Professional of the year

The title of Professional of the year is awarded to a professional of the fashion industry whose work has been particularly remarkable in the last 12 months but is not a designer. It is awarded to Willy Vanderperre for his international career as a fashion photographer and movie director.

5. Entrepreneur of the year

The Entrepreneur of the year designates an independent participant in the Belgian fashion sector who has added value to her/his field over the past year. This year, it rewards the duo formed by Carol and Sarah Piron and the beautiful international development of their brand Filles à Papa.

6. Fashion brand of the year

The Fashion brand of the year awards one of the twenty Belgian brands selected by our jury that will have received the largest number of votes from the general public, voting on Terre Bleue earns Fashion brand of the year 2018.

Expo 35 jaar Mode, dit is Belgisch © Alexandra Bertels

7. Most promising graduate

The Most promising graduate prize is awarded to a young student from a Belgian fashion school who has graduated in June 2018. It is given to Federica Di Leo of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp for her graduation collection aimed at allowing a woman to be strong and delicate at the same time. The “Fabric Sales” offer her a voucher for 1.000€ worth of fabric.

Members of the jury

The jury was composed of Felipe Oliveira Baptista (designer), Christophe Mollet (consultant Head-on Fashion), Rafael Jimenez (consultant Plan 8), Morgane Lindenberg (store Irina Kha), Ilse Cornelissens (store Graanmarkt 13), Elisa De Wyngaert (MoMu), Caroline Esgain et Gwendoline d’Huart (Fashion and Lace Museum), Ann Claes (Flanders DC), Nathalie De Schepper (Flanders DC), Giorgia Morero (WBDM), Dominique Lefèbvre (WBI), Elke Timmerman (MAD), Julie Delbeke (MAD), Ruth Goossens et Ellen De Wolf (Knack Weekend), Delphine Kindermans et Anne-Françoise Moyson (Le Vif Weekend).

Belgian Fashion Awards 2018 © Alexandra Bertels

Curious about the exposition 35 jaar Mode, dit is Belgisch?

The exhibition allows the visitor to immerse himself in the alchemy of work between designers and the magazine Mode, dit is Belgisch.