MoMu will soon launch an exciting new project! We have obtained a fashion and textile study collection with roughly 1000 objects for you to consult! The wide range of items will be made available and hopefully will provide answers to many of your questions regarding patterns, fabrics and techniques.
A large part of the study collection to date was donated to MoMu by Jacoba De Jonge, a private collector of historical costume and accessories. A large part of her collection was acquired by MoMu in 2012. In addition Mrs de Jonge had a study collection that she used during workshops. This smaller collection of samples of fabrics, laces, embroideries, etc., also came to MoMu to be used for educational and research purposes. This was basis for a larger MoMu study collection that will be accessible for those who have an interest in fashion, fabrics and other textile related techniques.
To enlarge its study collection, and to provide a wider range of types of objects, MoMu engaged in a collaboration with the University of Antwerp and supported by the Flemish government. The training program for conservation-restauration within the Faculty of Design Sciences has many study collections, including one with costumes and textiles. This collection has a completely different content than the one from MoMu, hence the interest in a collaboration.
It was originally donated to the University by the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in New York in 1994. Since then, it has been used by textile conservation students to practice the art of pattern taking and presentation, as well as preservation and conservation techniques. It consists mainly of Western clothing from the 2nd part of the 20th century and traditional and ethnical clothing from all over the world with, for example, a large collection of kimono’s. Some 300 pieces were selected to be included in the MoMu study collection.
Part of the MoMu study collection can already be consulted online through Open Fashion by selecting “Studiecollectie” . The entire study collection will be made physically available for research in September 2016. Leading up to that date, we would like to inform you about the educational importance of the study collections by introducing you to some of the objects contained within, and how they have been used by students at the University of Antwerp.
Words by Bernice Brigou and Natalie Ortega, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Design Sciences, research group Heritage & Sustainability.