Exhibition, Press&PR

MoMu travels to Paris


After a successful exhibition attracting more than 60,000 visitors, Margiela, the Hermès years will travel to Paris to show at Musée des Arts Décoratifs (MAD), the prestigious fashion museum housed in the Louvre.

Kaat Debo, director MoMu Antwerp: “We are excited to collaborate with one of the most renowned fashion museums in the world. In the spring of 2018, the French fashion city will be enraptured by the world of Martin Margiela, as yet another fashion museum, the Palais Galliera, will open a large retrospective exhibition on the designer. This will be the first time that two Parisian museums will simultaneously display his work, and the fact that it is a Belgian designer is on itself an overwhelming historical achievement.”

Until April 15th, 2018 you can visit MoMu’s latest exhibition on Olivier Theyskens. Afterwards the museum will close its doors for a thorough renovation and expansion that will last until 2020. Nevertheless, MoMu will continue to remain active, more details to follow this upcoming May.

MAD Paris, 22/03 – 02/09/2018, more info www.madparis.fr
In October 1997, when Jean-Louis Dumas, Chairman and Artistic Director of Hermès at the time, asked Martin Margiela to design the women’s ready-to-wear collections, Margiela had already been regarded as one of the most influential avant-garde figures in the field for nearly a decade.
His predilection for deconstruction, recycling, and recuperation of materials was unseen in the fashion word. The conceptual approach of presentation, sales, and communication of his collection has changed our way of thinking about fashion, the system behind this fashion, the craft, the commerce, authorship, and innovation. To date, Margiela’s work for Hermès continues to influence the work of many contemporary designers.


Capturing Fashion in the 20th Century with Frieda Dauphin-Verhees’ Study Collection

After collecting fashion objects for almost her entire life, costume design teacher Frieda Dauphin-Verhees decided to donate a part of her impressive clothing archive to the Antwerp Fashion Museum – MoMu. Through a crowdfunding campaign via Goteo.org, in collaboration with Europeana, MoMu raised the funding to create an educational tool from her collection.


Frieda Dauphin-Verhees is a costume designer who collected clothing and accessories throughout her entire life. Her collection consists of thousands of objects, from dresses from the roaring twenties and skirts from the fifties, to power pumps from the eighties. During Frieda’s career as a costume designer, these pieces inspired her work for theatre and movies. Later in her life, when Frieda taught costume design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, her students researched costume history using her collection. Now that Frieda is no longer teaching, she was looking for a new home for her life’s work and found it in MoMu’s library, as a part of its study collection.

Photo by Monica Ho

Photo by Monica Ho

Frieda partially donated her archive to MoMu so it can continue to inspire and educate people as a hands-on collection. Via the crowdfunding platform Goteo, and with the generous support of Europeana’s match funding program, MoMu raised the necessary funding to integrate Frieda’s pieces into the museum’s study collection and build an educational tool with it, so it can be consulted by students, researchers and designers.

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Collection, Event

Happy 20th A.F. Vandevorst

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In honour of their 20th anniversary, A.F.Vandervorst has released a new book commemorating 20 years of their infatuation with fetishes, sensual folds, and skin tight straight jackets entitled A.F. Vandevorst Ende Neu. Published by Hannibal, the book focuses on A.F.Vandevorst’s eclectic range of inspirations, and features contributions from names such as Dries Van Noten, Suzy Menkes, and Hannelore Knuts.


MoMu is thrilled to already have a copy in its hands, and anyone curious about the book may view it in our library. Furthermore, the designer duo invites you to join them at their book signing event taking place on February 8th at their flagship store in Antwerp.



Happy New Year!

Ann Demeulemeester, SS2007. Photo by Stany Dederen

Ann Demeulemeester, SS2007. Photo by Stany Dederen

Wearing our finest outfit tonight and ready to conquer 2018 in style! Happy New Year!


MoMu Holidays



Join us for a special edition of MoMu Holidays where our MoMu guides will give you a guided tour of our Olivier Theyskens – She walks in beauty exhibition! After the tour, MoMu is treating you to a drink and a bite to eat at our foodtruck “Cantina Roulante”.

Wednesday 27 December, Thursday 28 December, Friday 29 December, Wednesday 3 January, Thursday 4 January, Friday 5 January, Sunday 7 January

MoMu, Nationalestraat 28, 2000 Antwerpen. Register at our counter and the MoMu will be waiting for you in the hallway of MoMu. 


Buy your ticket at our counter or in our webshop. One ticket costs €10 and includes access to the exhibition, the guided tour and a drink or a bite to eat.


Happy Holidays!

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MoMu wishes everyone Happy Holidays! During the Christmas Holidays, MoMu will close at 2pm on 24 and 31 December. Furthermore the museum will be closed on 25 & 26 December and 1 & 2 January!

Event, Exhibition

And the Belgian Fashion Award goes to…


MoMu supports the first edition of the Belgian Fashion Awards, an initiative by Flanders DC / for Fashion, MAD, Knack Weekend and Le Vif Weekend.
This year’s Award for “Emerging Talent of the Year” went to FAÇON JACMIN; a young label from Brussels and Paris with a unique collection of fluid garments, almost entirely made out of denim. “Façon”, or “manner” in French, stands for an attitude of being dressed.
The label was founded in 2016 by Belgian twins Alexandra Jacmin – who graduated from La Cambre and worked at the design studio of Maison Martin Margiela and Jean Paul Gaultier – and her entrepreneur sister Ségolène Jacmin. Together, they praise denim as the everyday canvas for women, as the most personal of all materials and as a powerful symbol of cult and youth. Their use of denim has many characters as it is cut and draped in all kinds of volumes. It can be elegant or casual, soft or tough, shiny or washed-off, solid or fluid, bold or sensitive.
Sourced from Japan, the pieces are constructed in Europe by artisans and local denim specialists. FAÇON JACMIN is the twins’ personal quest for a timeless, durable and empowering wardrobe for women.
In the entrance hall of MoMu, Alexandra and Ségolène Jacmin present their work in an installation in a very personal manner: always on the go in their mobile boutique tracing their paths on French and Belgian territories.

FAÇON JACMIN who will get the opportunity to present their work in an installation in the hallway of MoMu from 5th December 2017 until 7th January 2018!




Event: We Own This – Streetwear Talk




Mark 6th December in your agendas and join us for a streetwear talk at the first edition of We Own This at Cafe au Lait!

Streetwear has gone a long way from distancing itself from the fashion industry to now being the inspiration for many designers. In the 70s/80s, streetwear had strong roots in the hiphop, skate and surf culture. It was a way of living, expressing your identity and rebel against the establishment and the fashion industry. Today, streetwear is much more than that. Now more than ever, streetwear labels are popular. The fashion industry is inspired by it and streetwear has crossed over to high end fashion.

But does streetwear still stay true to its roots? How are (young) designers coping with these developments?

MoMu director Kaat Debo, is joining the panel of speakers and will talk about ‘High fashion meets streetwear’! More info


Dag van de wetenschap / Science day!



This Sunday is Science Day (Dag van de wetenschap) and at MoMu we have a few things planned!

This year’s theme is all about textile painting! Discover a few painted garments from our MoMu collection and the stories behind them at MoMu. Furthermore, MoMu has made a documentary which will be on view at our library! In addition, anyone can join us for an exciting workshop where we will decorate our MoMu bag with paint!

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Time lapses Olivier Theyskens – She walks in beauty


In just six weeks, MoMu translated the vision of Olivier Theyskens into a dark mysterious universe that tells the story of Olivier’s career. When building up the Olivier Theyskens – She walks in beauty expo, we set up a security camera in the exhibition space, allowing you to follow every single step of the progress in the scenography of the exhibition

With the help of Levis, MoMu managed to transform the former bright orange area in a well-thought out black and white maze. With just a splash of paint, our exhibition area looks fresh, new, unrecognizable and definitely worth the visit.

Curious to see how the expo came to life? Check out the time lapses below: