His clients, who range from 23 to 86 years of age, come to Antwerp, Belgium’s fashion capital, season after season, because they know they can rely on the designer for privacy and exclusivity. When they go back home, they take with them their favorite haute couture gowns and bespoke suits to wear to their most important social engagements. Wedding gowns are also a favorite with today’s young European brides.
Badal of German descent, has more than 25 years of experience in fashion. At 10 years old he knew he wanted to be a fashion designer. He would go on to eventually graduate from Charles Montaigne Couture Fashion Academy in Amsterdam.
In 2002 he moved to Belgium, specifically Antwerp, in order to further advance his career in haute couture. His designs are known worldwide for their special attention to detail, excellent craftsmanship and perfect fit.
The designer, better known for his couture creations, launched his first prêt-à-porter collection in 2012. A year prior he had produced his first line of exclusive handbags. His passion for high fashion is evident in creations that shy away from simplicity in favor of something special and unique.
A year after his successful launch of prêt-à-porter, Badal‘s versatile couture collection for spring-summer 2013 took the runway by storm with its play on light woven tweed, silk, lace and silk taffeta in beautiful combinations of pastels and bright colors. And like every year, the wedding gowns were the absolute highlight of the season, as well as his impeccably tailored suits. Badal continues to bring, year after year, authentic works of art to the catwalk.
Mr. Badal married his boyfriend of 12 years, Stefan Ottaer, on June 8th, 2013 in a civil ceremony at Antwerp’s city hall. The reception took place at Castle den Brandt. ■