MoMu Gallery: Demi-Couture – Couture techniques in recent ready-to-wear acquisitions


MoMu collection has more than doubled since its opening in 2002. Due to close ties of the museum with the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, individual designers and collectors of Belgian fashion, MoMu was able to successfully extend its collection. The museum occasionally receives donations or long term loans from private archives but contemporary fashion is mainly acquired through purchases in the showrooms during fashion weeks.

Within the wide variety of new acquisitions, a returning theme caught the attention: The references to haute couture within the ready-to-wear collections. Haute couture distinguishes itself  from ready-to-wear because the collections are not sold in series but are custom tailored. More importantly everything is still made by hand: The use of traditional techniques like pleating, embroidery and attaching special materials such as sequins, strass, lace and valuable weaves.

These silhouettes are now on display at MoMu Gallery including pieces by Olivier Theyskens, Raf Simons, Bruno Pieters and Peter Pilotto!