Collection, Uncategorized

11 days and counting!

11kant

11 days and counting… To celebrate our almost-15th-birthday we introduce you to an outstanding achievement of Belgian bobbin lace makers. The lace coverlet (King Baudouin Foundation) was probably commissioned for a European royal family around 1750. It would have been used on special occasions, like weddings or births, as in Europe it was the custom for a mother to receive visitors in her bedroom shortly after giving birth. The most luxurious textiles one could buy would only enhance the festive nature of this occasion.

Collection

12 days and counting!

12af

it’s time for a silhouette by Belgian designer duo A.F.Vandevorst who have now been in business for more than 20 years. In their Spring/Summer 2016 collection, they told the story of an Eastern woman’s trip to the West on her motorbike. This Goth-inspired sari with mirrored embroideries from our MoMu collection subtly blends the East and the West, their woman’s heritage and the destination of her adventure.

Collection

13 days and counting!

13stephen

On the 3rd day of our stylish countdown, we want to honour British milliner Stephen Jones. Although MoMu’s collection policy focuses mainly on Belgian designers, we are proud to have the largest collection of Stephen Jones outside Great-Britain. Stephen Jones’ refined and whimsical millinery is always exquisitely crafted and is often made of radical and surprising materials. This hat from his Spring/Summer 2014 collection gets the playful company of doll-size hats, appearing unexpectedly, like rare mushrooms on a beautiful tree.

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60 seconds on the expo: the anti-pluie

Collection

14 days and counting!

Photo by Stany Dederen

Photo by Stany Dederen

It’s almost MoMu’s 15th  birthday and today we wanted to celebrate with Ann Salens. Long before the emergence of the Antwerp Six, Salens was the first avant-garde fashion designer in Belgium. Salens did not study fashion design, and created in a twilight zone between art and fashion: between the worlds of the luxurious and the flamboy­antly bohemian.Entirely in line with the spirit of the times, she opened a shop in the Wolstraat in the late 1960s, selling her unique crocheted designs. This dress shows her signature harmonious and intricate colour gradations and is on display in the MoMu Gallery until August 27th!

Collection

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – 15 Years of MoMu -

Photo by Stany Dederen

Photo by Stany Dederen

15 days and counting…

On Sunday 27th of August, MoMu is celebrating its 15th Birthday, which means we are toasting to 15 years of groundbreaking fashion exhibitions in Antwerp. To count down in style to our celebration, we will be posting 15 highlights from our extensive and diverse collection. We proudly dedicate the first one to Raf Simons. In August 2016, Simons was named the new chief creative officer of Calvin Klein. MoMu houses more than 200 designs by Raf Simons, including this look from the A/W 2016-17 ‘Nightmares and Dreams’ collection. This oversize month-holed high-school sweater shows the passage of time through clothing and symbolizes how clothes can be important carriers of personal memories.

Event

SCREENING: We Margiela, documentary

film still We Margiela documentary, hands Meirens holding photo group portrait Margiela team

film still We Margiela documentary, hands Meirens holding photo group portrait Margiela team

Martin Margiela managed to stay anonymous during his time as creative director of his own label Maison Martin Margiela. This raised a lot of curiosity among fashion enthusiasts wondering who the master mind was behind the label. For the first time, co-founder Jenny Meirens and members of the creative team that stood at the heart of the house talk extensively about the Maison. Through detailed and intimate interviews the documentary We Margiela offers an unprecedented insight of one of the most influential fashion houses of our time.

To celebrate the release of the documentary, MoMu will screen the unique story at Cinema Zuid on Monday, 23rd October 2017. Tickets are very limited so make sure you order your tickets on time! More info and tickets can be found here

 

Exhibition

Something to be proud of: Belgian fashion & Antwerp Pride

Wim Bruynooghe, A/W 2016-17, Queer Beauty Project. Photo by Kris De Smedt

Wim Bruynooghe, A/W 2016-17, Queer Beauty Project. Photo by Kris De Smedt

Antwerp Pride, Antwerp Queer Arts Festival and MoMu join forces for their first collaboration on the patio of MoMu. From 8th August until 20th August 2017, you can enjoy a series of images of the Antwerp Pride throughout the years and four fashion images around gender by Belgian designers!

The variety of participants, diversity of gender roles and sexuality are a good example of the richness of Pride and also demonstrate that labels are of little use. Belgian fashion designers are just as diverse, but if they have one thing in common, it is their openness when it comes to gender.  Visit the installation for free on the ground floor of MoMu.

Something to be proud of: Belgian fashion & Antwerp Pride 08.08.17 > 20.08.17 

Collection, Exhibition

60 seconds on the expo: The Vareuse

This week MoMu director Kaat Debo will tell you more about the vareuse, a garment with a very deep V-neck. The vareuse was one of the most important basic pieces in Margiela’s collection for Hermès

Collection

New Acquisitions: 15 silhouettes from Dirk Van Saene!

Photo by Stany Dederen

Photo by Stany Dederen

For the exhibition Rik Wouters & the Private Utopia held in MoMu earlier this year Dirk Van Saene selected 15 of his own creations to show in the round space. Shown on turning mannequins they gave a brief but remarkable overview of the oeuvre of one of the famous Antwerp Six,holding all typical characteristics of the designer’s style: the attention for detail and craftsmanship, his love for couture, whimsical but thought through pattern-cutting, and his love for art and painting in particular.

Photo by Stany Dederen

Photo by Stany Dederen

 

MoMu was delighted when Van Saene decided to donate the silhouettes to the museum after closing the exhibition, together with some other pieces shown elsewhere in the exhibition.  These extraordinary pieces are now safely kept in the MoMu storages, being part of MoMu’s precious capital. On a regular basis the Van Saene pieces will be shown to the public in the permanent exhibition to be installed in the new MoMu to be opened in 2020.