Monthly Archives: May 2010

A rare survivor:
17th century black woollen bonnet

One of the simplest objects in the current exhibition at MoMu is perhaps one of the most important, at least in a historical way of view. It’s a so-called widow’s bonnet made out of black cloth, dating from the late 17th century.

Helena Lumelsky’s Black Theatre

Helena Lumelsky is convinced fashion shouldn’t be too serious. So she created a hand-made shadow puppet theatre for you to play with. You’ll stroll around 20th century Paris, attend glamourous black tie parties and discover black couture by Rei Kawakubo, Azzedine Alaïa and many more.

Black symposium report

At the ‘Black’ symposium, Natalie Ortega Saez discussed the technology of black dyeing, Frieda Sorber gave insight into the different levels of mourning dress, Bruno Blondé talked about black in Antwerp household interiors, Wim Mertens presented new research on French magazines, Lou Taylor explained the different stages of mourning, Emmanuelle Dirix unraveled the little black dress myth, Karen Van Godtsenhoven showed rebellious and avant-garde black, and Helena Lumelsky shared her passion for black.

Royal visit at the MoMu

Princess Mathilde of Belgium visited ‘BLACK. Masters of Black in Fashion & Costume’.

Visitor of the month

Irina Peters is a student doing research on Belgian fashion magazines at MoMu’s library.

Symposium on Black

MoMu organises an academic symposium featuring experts from within the fashion and art world, presenting new research on the colour black. Helena Lumelsky will talk about the use of black in her collections.

Delvaux catalogue nominated for best cover

The exhibition catalogue ‘Delvaux, 180 years of Belgian Luxury’, designed by Paul Boudens, is nominated for the Plantin-Moretus Prize for best cover.