The project consists of two parts. First of all, ‘porcelain cards‘ from the MoMu collection were inventoried. The surface of these paper cards were treated with white lead which made them look exactly like porcelain. The cards originally date from the 19th century and were mostly used as a way to advertise. Cards obtained by MoMu are only related to textile and fashion businesses in major cities such as Antwerp, Paris, Brussels, Gent and Ostend.
Secondly, a layered map of the city of Antwerp was made. The map combines the old map of the city (1855) with a contemporary map. The combination of both maps allows you to see where the porcelain cards were located and thus giving the opportunity to see what the fashion heart of Antwerp was like during the 19th century!