The Antwerp Six
"The Antwerp Six is a group of avant garde fashion designers who graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium in the early 1980s. The British Fashion Council refused to include them on the official London Fashion Week schedule in March 1988, so they rented a truck and presented their collections at an off-site venue. They are credited with revitalizing Antwerp’s cultural landscape, which had been largely forgotten since the painter Rubens died in 1640. The Antwerp Six paved the way for Belgians Olivier Theyskens and Raf Simons to launch international careers, and Martin Margiela is widely considered to be the seventh member of the group."