Exhibition

MoMu Award 2014: Madeleine Coisne – Centers

Madeleine Coisne at the MoMu Gallery in Antwerp, 2014, Photo: Charlotte De Gier

Madeleine Coisne at the MoMu Gallery in Antwerp, 2014, Photo: Charlotte De Gier

Every year, MoMu gives the “MoMu award” to a MA student of the Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp. The student is judged by the creative vision and technical merit portrayed in the graduation collection. The winning collection is on view for four months in the MoMu Gallery.

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This year, the winner is Madeleine Coisne with her “Centers” collection. The sense of history in her creative vision is poignant. The collection draws from her childhood memories: her father wearing double buckle shoes and her mother’s taste for collecting curious objects.

Madeleine Coisne at the MoMu Gallery in Antwerp, 2014, Photo: Charlotte De Gier

Madeleine Coisne at the MoMu Gallery in Antwerp, 2014, Photo: Charlotte De Gier

Abstract patterns of the tiles of the Antwerp railway arches as inspiration for the collection of Madeleine Coisne, 2014, Photo: MoMu

Abstract patterns of the tiles of the Antwerp railway arches as inspiration for the collection of Madeleine Coisne, 2014, Photo: MoMu

Coisne is also inspired by the (decorative) arts. She cites the abstract patterns of the tiles of the Antwerp railway arches, the bold graphic shapes found on religious textiles, patterns from Byzantine architecture and the colours by artists such as Mondriaan and Gauguin.

Her inspirations translate into a collection of monumental, Japanese looking shapes with striking colourful patterns. Deep and rich colours reflect from silky surfaces or raggedy swatches, resulting in intricate abstract appliqué motives.

Madeleine Coisne in Unfold, the magazine of the Antwerp Fashion Department, styling: Dirk Van Saene, photo: Ronald Stoops, make-up: Inge Grognard, model: Kristina De Coninck

Madeleine Coisne in Unfold, the magazine of the Antwerp Fashion Department, styling: Dirk Van Saene, photo: Ronald Stoops, make-up: Inge Grognard, model: Kristina De Coninck

Coisne achieves to disturb our sense of what is old and what is new. Her mix of abstraction and history show that labels like “old” and “new” are very relative. We invite you to view Madeleine Coisne “Centers” collection in the MoMu gallery (free entry) during museum opening hours and in UNFOLD, the magazine of the Fashion Department.