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MoMu Blogger Night

Blogger night at MoMu, Photo: Monica Ho

Blogger night at MoMu, Photo: Monica Ho

MoMu has successfully wrapped up another blogger edition! Being one of Belgian’s finest designers, Dries Van Noten is absolutely no stranger to our bloggers. We happily invited them to MoMu for a private tour by our MoMu guides, Kathleen and Yentl! Thank you bloggers for your great company and enthusiastic smiles!

Bloggers at the MoMu Wall on the blogger night at MoMu, Photo: Monica Ho

Bloggers at the MoMu Wall on the blogger night at MoMu, Photo: Monica Ho

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Akhnaten and Walter Van Beirendonck

Akhnaten, Walter Van Beirendonck, Ronald Stoops

Akhnaten by Philip Glass at Vlaamse Opera, costumes by Walter Van Beirendonck, Photo: Ronald Stoops

Last Friday, Feb 13th, the Flemish opera premiered Akhnaten, an opera from 1983 by Philip Glass about the rise and fall of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep IV (father of the more famous Tutankhamun).
The costume design for this visually eclectic and expressionistic opera was done by Walter Van Beirendonck, with make up by Inge Grognard.

The expressive, socially engaged and graphic style of Walter Van Beirendonck was a great match for the story, in which current political issues of monotheism, autocratic systems and iconoclasm are mirrored through references to the architecture, art and politics of the 1930s (Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, Frans Masereel’s woodcuts, Surrealist symbols, nazi architecture and ideology)  and of course to the radical innovations of Akhnaten, who installed a monotheistic cult of the God of the sun disc, Aton.

Akhnaten by Philip Glass at Vlaamse Opera, costumes by Walter Van Beirendonck, Photo: Ronald Stoops

Akhnaten by Philip Glass at Vlaamse Opera, costumes by Walter Van Beirendonck, Photo: Ronald Stoops

The different stylistic periods (1980s music, 1930s architecture and art, contemporary costumes and a story from 1350 b.C.)  gave the piece a lot of depth in terms of visual clues and layers: great materials to work with for Walter,  who is known for his outspoken, often politically engaged work.

Akhnaten by Philip Glass at Vlaamse Opera, costumes by Walter Van Beirendonck, Photo: Ronald Stoops

Akhnaten by Philip Glass at Vlaamse Opera, costumes by Walter Van Beirendonck, Photo: Ronald Stoops

For the golden time of the New Kingdom of Egypt and the rise of Akhnaten, Van Beirendonck chose a lot of gold lamé pleats, with historical shapes and some winks to Issey Miyake’s pleats and the power fashion and lamé of  Thierry Mugler, two designers who rose to the top of their game when Van Beirendonck was in fashion school in the late 1970s. The shiny, glittering fabrics in cheap lurex seem to be saying ‘all that glitters is not gold’, as the pharaoh’s kingdom starts to crumble, the glittering accessories became all the more cheap-looking. Once Akhnaten’s empire is finished, he packs his golden costume in a striped polypropylene carrier bag, the ultimate insult.

Walter Van Beirendonck, Akhnaten, Ronald Stoops, opera

Akhnaten by Philip Glass at Vlaamse Opera, costumes by Walter Van Beirendonck, Photo: Ronald Stoops

For the new Utopian city Achetaton, drawn in a coloured woodcut by Masereel, the dancers wear slim bodysuits in black and white streaks, a very beautiful, modern contrast with the golden pleats of the pharaoh.

Van Beirendonck’s signature can also be seen in the choice of footwear: sturdy sneakers, referencing streetwear but also military repression, and the opposite, more refined, classical heeled men’s shoes fit the symbolism of the story. Surreal shapes (lips, discs, cartoon hands, fists), trompe l’oeil effects, glittering fabrics and naïve embroidery, familiar to Walter’s fans from the ‘SHUT YOUR EYES TO SEE’ collection from  AW 2013-14, give a visually meaningful identity to each character. Face implants were used to give the lead actors a kind of grotesque, uncanny expression, mimicking the new style of sculpture under Akhnaten, which was great for the close up, black-and white camera shots throughout the piece. Walter Van Beirendonck has used face implants in his visuals since his AW 1998-’99 collection ‘Believe’, which was inspired by the work of French artist Orlan, who uses plastic surgery, implants and scarification as an artistic technique.

Akhnaten by Philip Glass at Vlaamse Opera, costumes by Walter Van Beirendonck, Photo: Ronald Stoops

Akhnaten by Philip Glass at Vlaamse Opera, costumes by Walter Van Beirendonck, Photo: Ronald Stoops

Many more costume design stories can be told about Akhnaten, but we advise you to go see the opera in Antwerp or Ghent until March 10th!

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Teaser video Dries Van Noten. Inspirations

Only three days left until our Dries Van Noten. Inspirations exhibition opens. Just in time for a teaser video!

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Free Entrance Tickets

DeMorgen

Make sure to buy a copy of De Morgen this Saturday! A free entrance ticket to our upcoming exhibition ‘Dries Van Noten Inspirations’ will be your weekend surprise!

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MoMu presents its 5m by 2m digital wall!

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MoMu has welcomed a new digital baby in the family: An interactive multi-touch wall!

One of the biggest challenges for museums is developing exciting and inspiring ways to share their archives, collections, exhibitions and projects with the public.

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With the support of Tourism Flanders and the help of Studio David Dos Santos and Lab101, MoMu is the first museum in Flanders with an interactive multi-touch wall where visitors can obtain images, video material and information in five different languages! Not only information of MoMu can be retrieved but also information of Antwerp Fashion Academy, the Flanders Fashion Institute and AT&C! Visitors and tourists will be able to enjoy the collection of our museum at its own pace.

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Kaat Debo, director of MoMu: “MoMu launches an unique digital project with this wall where it confirms its leading role in Flanders in the field of digitization. This project allows visitors and tourists to explore MoMu and its information in a whole new digital way!”

Curious about our wall? We encourage you to visit MoMu and discover our collection!

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!

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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.

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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