November 11th is celebrated as Armistice Day throughout the world to remember the end of WWI but in Belgium it’s also Women’ s Day. Belgium has its own Women’s Day (next to the International Women’s Day of March 8th) since 1972 because Simone de Beauvoir had only one free day to travel to Belgium, which was Nov 11. At the first and very successful 1972 edition, prominent second wave feminists such as Simone De Beauvoir and Germaine Greer came to give a lecture. Second wave feminists pointed out the sexual inequality of women, which was a second step after the political struggles of the first wave feminists, the suffragettes. To celebrate Belgian Woman’s Day, here’s a suffragette costume from MoMu’s gallery exhibition made by Emily Jean Goddard, 3BA student at the Antwerp Fashion department.
As a historical costume assignment, she chose to make a 1910 outfit for famous suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, who tragically died in 1913 whilst campaigning at the Epsom derby, trying to get the attention of King George V.
Anyone interested in more information about clothing of the suffragettes or reform clothing in general can always count on MoMu library. MoMu library has more than enough books about reformclothing including ‘Neue Frauenkleidung und Frauenkultur’
MoMu Gallery – Historical Costume until 31st January 2016 at MoMu Antwerp