My favorite things: Fréderic Boutié

In a new series ‘My Favourite Things’ we ask MoMu staff members to choose their favourite object from the current exhibition.

Since fashion is such a subjective and personal choice, this will make for some very varied and surprising objects, resulting in an amalgam of favourites across different exhibitions. You will get to know the MoMu staff through their choices and reasons for choosing the object, and because of their personal note and picture.

And since no one dislikes “Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes”, let’s ring in the new series with a festive Julie Andrews.

First in our series is Fréderic Boutié from Paris, conservation and restoration intern at the MoMu Collection department: ‘My favorite object is the Christian Dior by Raf Simons outfit for spring-summer 2013. It is composed by a sleeveless top in black wool and a ballon skirt in printed silk and organza with changing reflects.


This is the first outfit for which I had to do the mannequinage for the exhibition “MoMu Now”. I could fully explore his scholarly construction which is a beautiful tribute to Christian Dior and the lines he has initiated. The architecture of the skirt is almost identical to those created in the late 1940′s and 1950′s. Its shape is created by layers of tulle and silk and just needs a support to be given to see, as a real sculpture. The changing effects from the organza in synthetic fibers give a very modern effect and invite us to turn around.

My work on this piece was mainly focused on the top, a little too wide for the bust. I had to transform this stockman bust so that it follows the lines of the knitted top in a way to respect the small waist and keep this silhouette that evokes the “New Look”.’