Exhibition

Abraham photo studio

Fashion plates from the Abraham Archive at the MoMu Antwerp, 2013, Photo Boy Kortekaas

Fashion plates from the Abraham Archive at the MoMu Antwerp, 2013, Photo Boy Kortekaas

The Abraham Archive also houses 2,600 fashion plates. These tell us not only which couturiers worked with Abraham fabrics, but also what they did with them. What the plates also illustrate is how fashion photography, images of women, and ideals of beauty changed over the years.

Fashion plates from the 1980s & 1990s of the Abraham Archive at the MoMu Antwerp, 2013, Photo Boy Kortekaas

Fashion plates from the 1980s & 1990s of the Abraham Archive at the MoMu Antwerp, 2013, Photo Boy Kortekaas

The collection begins with black-and-white plates showing the extremely elegant models of the 1940s and 1950s and ends with the catwalk photos of the 1980s and 1990s. Among the photographers are the brothers Jean and Tom Kublin, Gian Paolo Barbieri, Willy Maywald, André Ostier–Heil, and Victor Scocozza.