Discover Benelux, Issue 31, July 2016

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A cradle for fashion and diamonds The people of Antwerp set the trends. This becomes clear when you stroll around the city’s fashion and diamond districts, as well as the city’s numerous fashion pop-ups and start-ups. TEXT: VISIT ANTWERPEN

You will find more diamonds in the Diamond Square Mile – where international diamond hallmarks originate – than in the rest of the world. And peppered all over the city are dazzling shop windows full of attractive jewellery designs. Antwerp sets the tone where fashion is concerned. Couture is not just in the boutiques, but also on the streets, at the MoMu (Mode Museum) fashion museum and at the famous Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts. The latter’s fashion department is one of the world’s most influential. Even today, great talents graduate from here, invariably launching their labels in the city.

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