About Ann Demeulemeester:
Ann Demeulemeester is a fashion designer whose eponymous label Ann Demeulemeester is mainly showcased at the annual Paris Fashion Week. She is one of Antwerp Six in the fashion industry.
My work has always been about authentic feeling, and I think we live in a time where we need that.
Beauty of mind creates freedom. Freedom of mind creates beauty.
Good fashion is like rock music: all anarchy and revolt.
The future is open, and I never make plans. As long as it's interesting to me, I try to live my life to the fullest.
What I like to wear, I do myself. I don't know how that sounds, but it's the truth. My life is so mixed with my profession that I don't know where I begin or my work ends.
I had to find my own language in jewelry. That was important to me; it really had to be what I would love to have myself.
It's too easy to say that orange is happy and black is sad. To me, black is perfect. You can fill it with the emotion you want to express.
Fashion is silly. Perhaps I should say fashion in general is silly. But then everything is, in general. If you talk about music in general, it's silly; about magazines, in general, they're silly.
I've always done things my way.
I am just a Flemish girl with her feet on the ground.
Ann Demeulemeester is an adult brand now, with its own identity and legacy that is able to continue growing without me.
Creating is a lonely thing in a lot of ways.
Things aren't interesting if you level them. It's the voice that's interesting.
I always followed my own path.
I'm not confused about what's happening in fashion, because I follow my own direction and go.
Jewelry is something that has to do with emotion. That aspect of jewelry really interests me.
I need human feelings to fit garments. I couldn't do it just, like, on an object - it's too close to our body. It's like a skin you are making, so you need one's feelings to make a garment.
I became a fashion designer by accident. I loved to make portrait drawings when I was a teenager, and from that came the interest in what people were wearing and why they were wearing it.
I feel more European than Belgian. However I do think that my Flemish roots have an impact on my character and culture.
As a young girl, I dreamed of having a voice in fashion.