Exhibition

Historical Costume, Class of 2015

Mourning dress of Alice Gibson, 1896. Photographs from the work book of Yanaika Nuyts.

Mourning dress of Alice Gibson, 1896. Photographs from the work book of Yanaika Nuyts.

From the rich history of fashion and dress, each 2BA student has to choose a historical figure with a costume typical for the period. They have to do thorough research, including the political, cultural and social structures of the time, as well as a detailed study of the fabrics, materials, patterns and shapes that are characteristic of the costume.

Photographs from the work book of Yanaika Nuyts (BE).

Photographs from the work book of Yanaika Nuyts (BE).

The students then spend the first two months recreating the costume down to the smallest details, including underwear, accessories, hairstyles and make-up. They also have to find a fitting model to whose proportions the costume will be custom-made. The result is a contemporary improvisation using ‘calicot’ cotton as a basic fabric and colour, and using the original document as a reference for recreating authentic volumes, structures, decoration and colours. The graphic work they create based on the historical reference, supports the realization of the costume and the creation of the collection. This time-consuming assignment prepares the student for the work they will have to do during the next two terms, in which the emphasis lies in the creation of an avant-garde fashion collection of five silhouettes.

From now until 31st January 2016, you can enjoy free entrance to historical creations made by second year students of the Antwerp Fashion Academy in our MoMu gallery!