A.F. Vandevorst black backless maxi dress with gathered slanted skirt — fall 1999

Size: one size when worn loose

Can be worn fully open, or with only the skirt tied

Length: 156 cm

Waist when hooked in the back: 41 cm






Black maxi dress

Delicate sheer top

Fine shoulder straps

Three darts at each side of the bust

High neckline in the front and open back

Frayed finish along all top edges

A double layered maxi skirt is attached to the top

The skirt hangs slanted and is floor-length

Excessive fabric creates a trim at the waist

Heavily frayed finish and loose threads at the waist and at the hems

The skirt is open at the back and can be closed by two ties

Two hooks at the back of the top

From the fall 1999 runway collection


Condition: 4/5

Good condition



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About A.F. Vandevorst

A.F. Vandevorst is a Belgian label created in 1997 by the couple Filip Arickx and An Vandevorst.


In 1987, both An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx met on their first day as students at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Instantly they felt like they matched, both on a personal and a creative level.


After graduating, An Vandevorst went to work for Maison Martin Margiela and became the first assistant of Dries Van Noten later on. Filip Arickx completed his obligatory military service, worked as a freelance stylist afterwards and went to work for Dirk Bikkembergs.


Vandevorst and Arickx united in 1997 to create their label A.F. Vandevorst. This was a time when the fashion world was eagerly awaiting a second wave of talent to follow in the footsteps of the famous ‘Antwerp Six’:  Ann Demeulemeester,Walter van Beirendonck, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee.Arickx and Vandevorst remember their first collection — shown in Paris for fall 1998— as being overflowing, perhaps overly so, with ideas.

Nonetheless, Dries Van Noten supported the couple with sales and distribution.


The A.F. Vandevorst aesthetic is marked by a combination of feminine draping and strong masculine tailoring. Filip and An look for inspiration to military and nurse uniforms, lingerie and fetish subculture. Appropriately, their footwear line, launched in 2003, is called Fetish.


A.F. Vandevorst also has a diffusion line, A Friend, selling pieces at more retail friendly prices.


They have been growing very slowly and recently gained momentum with their fall 2015 collection, which was nothing short of an art happening, with models wearing gasmasks and getting spraypainted by artist Joris Van de Moortel while walking the runway.

Additional information

Weight 0.9 kg
Womens size

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