Christian Wijnants is a Belgian/Antwerp based fashion designer and was launched in 2003. Born in Brussels, Christian moved to Antwerp in 1996 to study fashion design at Royal Academy of Fine Arts. His graduate collection won the Dries Van Noten Award for best collection in 2000. After graduation, Christian presented his collection at the prestigious Festival d'Hyeres, where it was awarded the Grand Prix and picked up by stores including Colette (Paris), Pineal Eye (London), and Via Bus Stop (Tokyo). After working with Van Noten in Antwerp and Angelo Tarlazzi in Paris, Christian launched his eponymous label in 2003. Christian Wijnants is in collaboration with Swarovski for Spring -Summer 2016 and Autumn-Winter 2016. It has been nominated for Swarovski Collective Prize for Innovation. Christian opened his first flagship store in Antwerp in September 2015.