A.F. Vandevorst white maxi shirtdress with back lacing inspired by a straitjacket — spring 1999

Size: One size

Shoulder to shoulder: 42 cm

Bust: 48 cm

Hips: 55 cm

Sleeves: 73 cm

Length: 168 cm



Presumably cotton



White shirtdress

Maxi length

Inspired by a straitjacket

Back lacing starting from the collar until beneath the hips

Double thread trimmed holes for the laces

Silver lace ends

Button-up style with hidden front buttons

High slit at the front

Extra long stiff cuffs

Standard shirt collar

The cuffs are meant to be worn open

From the spring 1999 collection

(A.F. Vandevorst’s second collection)


Condition: 4,5/5

Excellent condition

SKU: AFVGOSSDR-1 Category:


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 BeirendonckDries Van NotenDirk Van SaeneDirk 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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