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Report Heritage Day 2014

Installation for Erfgoeddag 2014 at the MoMu Library, Photo: Suzan Rylant

Installation for Erfgoeddag 2014 at the MoMu Library, Photo: Suzan Rylant

On April 27th the library of the Fashion Museum Antwerp was transformed into a small exhibition space for Erfgoeddag (Heritage Day) in the theme ‘Without Boundaries’. All thanks to a generous donation from Wiebe Stodel in 2001, the library has a collection of over 6,000 books about traditional regional costumes, jewelry, body adornment and hairstyles from around the world. Wiebe Stodel made his first trip to former Yugoslavia in 1966, where he received a book about Yugoslavian costumes from friends. In 30 years this developed into an enormous collection which also contains photo cards, pictures and other types of documentation.

Items from the Wiebe Stodel ethnical collection at the MoMu Library, Photo: Suzan Rylant

Items from the Wiebe Stodel ethnical collection at the MoMu Library, Photo: Suzan Rylant

For Erfgoeddag the MoMu staff and Wiebe Stodel selected the most important and special pieces from the collection. All day visitors could discover the often rare and unique books about regional costumes from all over the world. On several displays different types of accessories, such as knitted socks from Bosnia and woven caps from Nepal, were exhibited for the public. Next to that, a couple of traditional garments were displayed, such as a traditional dancing gown from Croatia and a woolen coat from former Kosovo.

Ethnical costumes from the Antwerp Fashion Department at the MoMu Gallery, Photo: Charlotte de Gier

Ethnical costumes from the Antwerp Fashion Department at the MoMu Gallery, Photo: Charlotte de Gier

Ethnical costumes from the Antwerp Fashion Department at the MoMu Gallery, Photo: Charlotte de Gier

Ethnical costumes from the Antwerp Fashion Department at the MoMu Gallery, Photo: Charlotte de Gier

In the gallery on the ground floor visitors could see costumes made by 3rd year students from the Fashion Department of the Royal Academy. Their challenge was to recreate their own versions of regional costumes, varying from a King’s Wedding Outfit from Bhutan to a Nigerian dancing costume.

This year’s Erfgoeddag was a successful day where many visitors discovered the highlights of the Stodel Collection and were surprised by all the different traditional costumes from all around the world. On to next year’s Erfgoeddag in the theme ‘Erf!’

(text: Monica Ho)