Ann Demeulemeester was born in 1959 in Waregem, Belgium. Demeulemeester studied fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium from 1978 to 1981 alongside other famous Beligian designers such as Martin Margiela who are often referred to as the members of the ‘Antwerp Six’ Group, a group of radical and distinctive Belgian designers during the 1980s who pushed the boundaries of avant-garde fashion. A year after her graduation, Demeulemeester won the Gouden Spoel Award, annually awarded to the year’s most promising fashion designer. After working for a few years as a freelance designer, she proceeded to release her own line in 1985 with husband Patrick Robyn. She opened her own shop in Antwerp in 1999. Ann Demeulemeester’s pieces have been described by critics as perfectly cut, monochromatic pieces with a blunt edginess and a punky femininity. Her collections are now sold in over 30 countries worldwide.