This avant-garde thread and needle designer was born in 1957 in Brecht (a small suburb now part of Antwerp, Belgium). He studied at the Royal Academy of Antwerp's fashion department from 1977. He completed 4 years, enough time for him to put into action his profound and original design quest for ethnically inspired artwear based on aggressive graphism and flamboyant colours. He collaborated with his fellow classmates: Margiela, Demeulemeester, Bikkembergs, Van Saene, Van Noten and Marina Yee, to create what would be known as the famous Group of the Six. He launched his first collection « Sado » in 1983 and secured various collaborations. With his menswear collection of Spring-Summer 2006, WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK has made his big comeback in Paris with creativity, panache and modernity.