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Graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1982. Dirk Bikkembergs became known as one of the Antwerp Six that exhibited at London fashion week in 1986. The Belgium-born designer is the inventor of sports couture; he made sportswear luxury. In 1996, the Bikkembergs label was introduced to focus on football dress. He was the first fashion designer ever who receive permission to hold a fashion show in a football stadium. Dirk started using the team at his laboratory for styling and fabric technology. From exclusive jackets to high-performance underwear, all his designs are now tested and promoted by football players and sports stars.