Monthly Archives: July 2010

Mourning jewellery in 19th century Europe

Associated with rituals of death since medieval times, black jewellery became fashionable in the 19th century. Mourning jewellery, such as the cross-shaped and butterfly-shaped jet brooch from the MoMu Collection, was worn on solemn or festive occasions.

The black of Raf Simons

Belgian designer Raf Simons has a special relationship with the colour black, as seen in silhouettes from his Autumn/Winter 1999/2000 collection, inspired by Joy Division.

The little black dress

Chanel’s little black dress from 1926 was not the first black couture dress, but it became associated with the stylish, liberated new woman embodied by Gabrielle Chanel herself.

The black of Iris Van Herpen

Iris Van Herpen discusses the silhouettes featured in Black and explains why black is her favourite colour.

The black of Ann Demeulemeester

For over 20 years, Ann Demeulemeester has drawn inspiration from her use of black, revealing herself to be a master in its application, with such materials as leather, feathers and fur.

Black room at Hotel Les Nuits

Antwerp hotel Les Nuits offers a special arrangement: visit MoMu’s ‘Black’ exhibition and spend the night in the black room, breakfast and bubbles included!

A unique confrontation
at MoMu’s Black exhibition

Black is often linked to piety and soberness, but in the 17th century it was a sign of social standing. That’s why Flemish painter Anhony van Dyck portrayed Marten Pepijn wearing a black doublet. MoMu confronts this painting with a 17th century doublet from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. A unique confrontation not to be missed!