Press&PR

Season’s Greetings from MoMu!

Best Wishes for the New Year!
Check out our programme of future exhibitions for 2015!

MoMu Seasons Greetings, 2015, Graphic design: Paul Boudens

MoMu Seasons Greetings, 2015, Graphic design: Paul Boudens

Library

Ann Demeulemeester book

Ann Demeulemeester, Rizzoli, Lannoo, book

Ann Demeulemeester, the new book published by Rizzoli and Lannoo now acquired for the MoMu Library

MoMu Library has now acquired a special piece for its collection.
The newly published book “Ann Demeulemeester”, curated by the Belgian designer herself, is now part of the library!

Patti Smith, Ann Demeulemeester, Rizzoli, Lannoo, book

Words by Patti Smith in the new book by Ann Demeulemeester

Not only a personal perspective on the 30 years of work of the eponymous brand, the book recollects the designs of Ann Demeleumeester introduced by the words of Patti Smith.

Event, Exhibition, Press&PR

Interactive MoMu Now tapestry

We Are Kelly, Pop Up Tuba

Interactive tapestry by WE ARE KELLY for POP UP TUBA and MoMu Now, (c) Kelly De Meyer

On the occasion of POP UP TUBA, a pop-up festival at Turnhoutsebaan in Deurne, POP UP TUBA and MoMu selected illustration and character designer Kelly De Meyer to make a festival and the museum. Being inspired by the current exhibition MoMu Now, Kelly created an interactive tapestry where people can ‘color’ it with needle and thread.

Kelly De Meyer is the artist behind WE ARE KELLY. Staying true to her signature style of drawing with photographs and taking snap shots with her pencil, Kelly has created an interactive tapestry where people not only can admire her fine talent but also can sew on.

We Are Kelly, Pop Up Tuba

Interactive tapestry by WE ARE KELLY for POP UP TUBA and MoMu Now, Photo: Monica Ho

How did the interactive tapestry come to life?
I made the artistic decision to choose silhouettes of the exhibition that would look amazing graphically, illustratively and in black and white. The illustration brings the museum’s archive to life. To reinforce this concept , I wanted the colored treads to enhance the idea even further by adding color to the black & white tapestry.

We Are Kelly, Pop Up Tuba

Interactive tapestry by WE ARE KELLY for POP UP TUBA and MoMu Now, Photo: Monica Ho

We Are Kelly, Pop Up Tuba

Interactive tapestry by WE ARE KELLY for POP UP TUBA and MoMu Now, Photo: Monica Ho

Do people have to know how to sew?
Absolutely not. Looking at the tapestry you can already see that people who can and cannot sew have worked on it. People do not have to follow the lines. I had a young couple that sewed a random heart on the tapestry. It is more important to have fun than it being correctly sewn and aesthetically pleasing.

Do people easily approach the tapestry and start sewing it?
I usually do make the first move: ask people and prepare the needle and thread for them. Some of them are kind of scared of doing it but the ones who do take a shot at it, end up having fun. The other day, a small family visited the shop and I convinced the dad, who had never sewn before, to have a try. He ended up sewing for half an hour and added his personal touch to the tapestry! It’s nice to have a personal story behind all the stitching and being able to recollect those memories after the tapestry is finished.

Interactive tapestry by WE ARE KELLY for POP UP TUBA and MoMu Now, Photo: Monica Ho

Interactive tapestry by WE ARE KELLY for POP UP TUBA and MoMu Now, Photo: Monica Ho

Last but not least, what did you think of our MoMu Now exhibition?
It was such a nice exhibition! I was more drawn to the works of Walter Van Beirendonck and Martin Margiela but I really liked the selection that was displayed. It’s great that MoMu lets the audience see what happens behind the scenes of the museum.

We are thrilled to see the end result! If this interactive tapestry has sparked up your curiosity, make sure to visit the WE ARE KELLY pop up store, say hello to Kelly and gather your sewing courage and add your touch to the tapestry!

POP UP TUBA, Turnhoutsebaan 46, Deurne (until 21st of December).
The production of the tapestry was made possible thanks to the support of Wallsauce.com

Library

Dirk Bikkembergs, 25 years of athletes and fashion

Dirk Bikkembergs, MoMu Library

Cover of the book Dirk Bikkembergs. 25 years of athletes and fashion, published by Rizzoli and recently acquired for the MoMu Library

MoMu is happy to celebrate its new acquisition! A signed copy of “Dirk Bikkembergs. 25 years of athletes and fashion”, published by Rizzoli International Publication, is now part of the library collection.

Dirk Bikkemberges, MoMu Library

Cover of the book Dirk Bikkembergs. 25 years of athletes and fashion, published by Rizzoli and recently acquired for the MoMu Library

Dirk Bikkembergs, MoMu Library

Cover of the book Dirk Bikkembergs. 25 years of athletes and fashion, published by Rizzoli and recently acquired for the MoMu Library

The book recollects 25 years of design by Dirk Bikkembergs, freshly styled on 23 different male athletes, mixing archive pieces with the ones from the latest collections, showing the topical attire of its sport influenced style and taste. Introduced by the designers own words and photographed by Luc Willame, the book is a manifest of Dirk Bikkembergs idea of fashion.

Bold, strong and in flashing warm colours, you will surely recognize the book in our library shelves!

(words by Dylan Colussi)

Europeana fashion

Fashion Illustration for everyone

europeana fashion momu thesaurus gabrielle de pooter

CC-BY-SA MoMu – ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen / Monica Ho

For the past two-and-half years, MoMu has been working on the Europeana Fashion project. Together with more than twenty other fashion museums and private institutions, MoMu is making its collection available online via europeanafashion.eu.

One special challenge when bringing all those collections together in one place is making them searchable and findable for everyone. After all, MoMu writes its information in Dutch, but a Spanish museum in Spanish, etc.

Therefore, all partners in the project worked  together to make a fashion thesaurus in 11 languages. This thesaurus works in europeanafashion.eu and automatically translates the keywords of the user. So if you type “skirt”, you automatically search for “rok” in Dutch, “falda” in Spanish etc.

europeana fashion momu thesaurus gabrielle de pooter

CC-BY-SA MoMu – ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen / Monica Ho

However, Europeana Fashion wanted to take the thesaurus one step further. If you could search by selecting a picture of a skirt, it would not matter which language you spoke, because anyone can recognise a skirt!

Together with the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, MoMu asked Hungarian fashion student David Ring from the Antwerp Fashion Department to make a drawing of each fashion item in the thesaurus.

The drawings turned out beautiful! Europeana Fashion did not want to keep them just for europeanafashion.eu, but decided everyone should be able to enjoy and re-use these drawings.

Therefore, the project is working on making more than 350 of these drawings available on Wikimedia Commons under a Public Domain license, so anyone is free to use and edit the drawings.

Want to know more about this project? Watch this video of Gabrielle de Pooter presenting this project during the annual Europeana conference in Madrid.

Event

ASVOFF#7 ANTWERP PUBLIC VOTE GOES TO THE SOUND OF COS

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During the ASVOFF#7 screenings in Antwerp we asked the audience to cast their vote to their favourite fashion short film! The Antwerp edition public award goes to ‚The Sound of COS’ by Lenert & Sander (UK).

ASVOFF7 BEST SOUND DESIGN AWARD – “THE SOUND OF COS” FOR COS BY LERNERT AND SANDER from Diane Pernet's ASVOFF on Vimeo.

2nd runner up is ‚The Voice Thief’ by Adan Jodorowsky (France), followed by ‚Mono’ by Dodi Espinosa (Belgium)!

The Voice Thief – Teaser from KNIGHTWORKS on Vimeo.

“MONO” BY DODI ESPINOSA from Diane Pernet's ASVOFF on Vimeo.

Thank you Diane Pernet and Jason Last for the great selection of fashion shorts this year! Big thanks to Oscar And The Wolf and School Is Cool for the musical intermezzo and of course thanks to everyone who joined us at the screenings! Check out the pictures of the festival here!

Exhibition

Christian Wijnants

Silhouette by Christian Wijnants at the MoMu Now expo, (c) MoMu, photo: Boy Kortekaas

Silhouette by Christian Wijnants at the MoMu Now expo, (c) MoMu, photo: Boy Kortekaas

Designer Christian Wijnants graduated from the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp in 2000 and went on to establish his own label in 2003. He is part of a younger generation of Belgian designers known for its sophisticated use of materials, for which he often receives awards, such as in 2013 with the International Woolmark Prize.

MoMu collects silhouettes of this young vanguard of Belgian designers and chose this silhouette for the MoMu Now expo for its exceptional sculptural materials and quilted fabrics reminiscent of 18th-century indoor garments.

Exhibition

Floralia at MoMu Now

Coat with hood in manmade fi bre with zip fastener and rayon dress printed with flower patterns, predominantly roses, Jil Sander by Raf Simons, S/S 2011, (c) MoMu Photo: Boy Kortekaas

Coat with hood in manmade fi bre with zip fastener and rayon dress printed with flower patterns, predominantly roses, Jil Sander by Raf Simons, S/S 2011, (c) MoMu Photo: Boy Kortekaas

Flower patterns are one of the most classic and popular patterns in the world of fashion: the romantic ideal of the ‘femme fleur’ (the women-as-flower), often encountered in the art world as well, is a favourite subject among many couturiers and contemporary designers. Christian Dior’s rose garden in Granville, Normandy became part of the house’s regular designs and patterns.

Ensemble with blouse and skirt in printed cotton, partly painted with tie-dye technique, the skirt decorated with appliqué felt flowers, Bernhard Willhelm S/S 2008, (c) MoMu, Photo: Boy Kortekaas

Ensemble with blouse and skirt in printed cotton, partly painted with tie-dye technique, the skirt decorated with appliqué felt flowers, Bernhard Willhelm S/S 2008, (c) MoMu, Photo: Boy Kortekaas

Raf Simons also incorporated the rose in his Dior collection. Flower patterns are not longer solely associated with romance, but are now also used for graphical prints on pieces of clothing as well, or as abstract application embroidery, making the clothing almost look like a modernist painting.

Behind the scenes, Exhibition

My favorite things: Isabelle Swengue

Isabelle Swengue, cleaning lady at the MoMu with her favorite silhouette from the MoMu Now exhibition

Isabelle Swengue, cleaning lady at the MoMu with her favorite silhouette from the MoMu Now exhibition

In an ongoing series ‘My Favourite Things’ we ask MoMu staff members to choose their favourite object from the current exhibition.

Isabelle Swengue, cleaning lady at the MoMu: Jacket in wool with decorative metal chains, sweater with turtle neck in tricot in wool, bustier in knitting and crochet, and skirt made of panels in machine lace and tulle with a lower layer of satin and wool by Veronique Branquinho, F/W 2006-2007.

‘I chose this silhouette by Veronique Branquinho because I think the cut is wonderful. The jacket is so neat and beautifully cut. The patterns are behind the jacket, the museum also has the patterns in collection. I also like the skirt with the lace and differently textured materials mixed together. I don’t like bold colors and love the different shades of black in this silhouette. In general, I like Belgian fashion because the style is realistic and beautiful for everyone, not only for tall, thin women.

Event, Workshop

2nd Workshop recognizing lace techniques

Collar in black bobbin lace (Chantilly lace), ca. 1850-1900, MoMu Collection T91/203, (c) MoMu - Photo: Suzan Rylant

Collar in black bobbin lace (Chantilly lace), ca. 1850-1900, MoMu Collection T91/203, (c) MoMu – Photo: Suzan Rylant

The 18th of October, Frieda Sorber, curator historical collection gave a workshop about the identification of lace. The participants had the opportunity to take a look at different kinds of lace from the MoMu study collection. After introduction about how handling and storing lace, attendants, were made aware of the different structures and European lace making techniques.

lace, Frieda Sorber, MoMu

Workshop recognizing lace at MoMu – Fashion Museum Antwerp

lace, Frieda Sorber, MoMu

Workshop recognizing lace at MoMu – Fashion Museum Antwerp

In the afternoon the workshop continued in the Carolus Borromeus church, where lace from the 17th and 18th centuries could be examined from the rich collection of the church. Specialists Nora Andries and Godelieve Vroom helped participants find their way in the evolution of lace styles.

The workshop will be repeated on February 19th 2015 from 10AM until 4PM. For more information please contact info@momu.be.