Exhibition

Dries Van Noten. Inspirations

Dries Van Noten, Inspirations, MoMu Antwerp

Dries Van Noten S/S2007, Photo: Mathieu Ridelle

For the very first time in his career designer Dries Van Noten discloses his oeuvre in an exhibition. No classical retrospective, but an intimate journey into his artistic universe, revealing the singularity of his creative process, which he illustrates with his numerous sources of inspiration.

The exhibition brings together various artistic fields through an assemblage of historical, pictorial, ethnic, cinematic and geographic references. While stressing the influences, the analogies and the contradictions in Dries Van Noten’s work, the exhibition combines fashion design with the world of decorative and fine arts in order to illustrate the Belgian creator’s distinctive techniques and stylistic vocabulary.

Dries Van Noten, Inspirations, MoMu Antwerp

Dries Van Noten S/S2009, Photo: Patrice Stable

The expo Dries Van Noten. Inspirations will be on view from February 13 until July 19 2015.

Including works by a.o Yves Klein, Thierry De Cordier, Victor Vasarely, Damien Hirst, Cecily Brown, Pol Bury, Christopher Wool, Hubert Duprat, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko and James Tissot. The exhibition was initiated and realised by Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris (01/03-02/11/14); and is organised in Antwerp by MoMu – Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp.

Library

Visionaire N°20 Rei Kawakubo

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Visionaire n.20 Comme des Garçons, a recent acquisition for the MoMu Library, Photo: Dylan Colussi

Our library is happy to announce that it has acquired a copy of the legendary Visionaire n. 20 edited by Rei Kawakubo “20 Comme des Garçons” for its archive.

Visionaire n.20 Comme des Garçons, a recent acquisition for the MoMu Library, Photo: Dylan Colussi

Visionaire n.20 Comme des Garçons, a recent acquisition for the MoMu Library, Photo: Dylan Colussi

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The issue was printed in limited edition and reveals itself as a visual dialogue with the eponymous brand designer Rei Kawakubo, who answered questions with a selection of images representing her archive pieces reinterpreted by photographers such as Mario Sorrenti, Philip-Lorca di Corcia and Nick Knight, whose famous picture featuring a dress by Alexander McQueen is still one of the most reproduced images in the history of Visionaire.

The issue originally came out in 1996, coinciding with Comme des Garçon’s iconic S/S 1997 “bumps” collection, the issue is edited in a box which also contains the pattern of a dress from this collection printed on white cotton muslin.

Visionaire n.20 Comme des Garçons, a recent acquisition for the MoMu Library, Photo: Dylan Colussi

Visionaire n.20 Comme des Garçons, a recent acquisition for the MoMu Library, Photo: Dylan Colussi

Visionaire n.20 Comme des Garçons, a recent acquisition for the MoMu Library, Photo: Dylan Colussi

Visionaire n.20 Comme des Garçons, a recent acquisition for the MoMu Library, Photo: Dylan Colussi

Don’t miss the opportunity to have a look at this special piece at the MoMu Library!

Press&PR

Give the gift of fashion: a MoMu+Friends membership

Give the gift of membership this holiday season! Why not give the fashion aficionados in your friends and family circle a gift that lasts all year long?

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Members of MoMu+Friends get free access to MoMu’s exhibitions for themselves and can even bring a second person along for free. Our upcoming Dries Van Noten. Inspirations exhibition is definitely one you want to visit with all your friends.

Members can also participate in especially organised events throughout the year. To name just a few examples from last year, members got exclusive seats at the opening night of the A Shaded View of Fashion Film festival, a guided tour by renowned British artist Kate MccGwire during Birds of Paradise. Plumes & Feathers in Fashion and we organised an excursion to the Dries Van Noten. Inspirations exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

In 2015, member can expect to go behind the scenes at Antwerp designers and major cultural institutions. The MoMu+Friends newsletter keeps members up-to-date on the latest events.

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Gift memberships come in a festive envelope and, until 4 January 2015, with a free MoMu postcard to write your holiday message on

But MoMu+Friends is more than events. Thanks to its members, MoMu can maintain and expand its collection, the most important collection of Belgian fashion in the world. The financial and enthusiastic support of our members is vital in keeping the collection representative of the worldwide success of Belgian fashion design.

Gift memberships can be bought at the reception desk at MoMu (see opening times) or via friends.momu.be. Until 4 January 2015 gift memberships include a free MoMu postcard for your holiday message! Gift memberships bought during the holiday season will be valid from 1 February 2015 onwards.

Questions? friends@momu.be

Europeana fashion

Europeana Fashion Conference

In collaboration with MoMu – Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp, Europeana Fashion hosts its third annual conference in Antwerp on 24, 25 and 26 February 2015.

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The conference DIGITAL FASHION FUTURES explores the future of digital fashion initiatives, bringing together a multitude of online fashion platforms and innovative perspectives from the cultural heritage industry. The conference will be a combination of keynote lectures, workshops and social activities.
The first day will be devoted to keynote lectures and panels. Speakers examine ways in which digital content can be worked into a valuable experience for its consumers as well as the evolving role of digital content in business models for fashion.
On the second day, various workshops allow delegates to delve deeper into the ideas presented on the first day. Use cases, challenges, best practices and how-to’s offer in-depth insights and practical detail for anyone who wants to be part of the future of fashion online. Topics that will be covered are intellectual property in a digital environment, digital skills required in tomorrow’s fashion world, how to contribute content to Europeana Fashion, and more.
The conference is complemented by a range of social activities to let delegates connect with each other as well as explore the Belgian fashion and heritage scene. These activities take place on 24, 25 and 26 February.Find out more about the conference on Europeana Fashion or register directly via Eventbrite.

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!

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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.

Exhibition

MoMu Now video

MoMu Now – Contemporary Fashion from the MoMu Collection from MoMu Fashion Museum Antwerp on Vimeo.

Check out the video of the MoMu Now – Contemporary Fashion of the MoMu collection video!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.