Author Archives: Birgit Ansoms

Elegance in an age of crisis

A recent interesting acquisition of the MoMu Library is Elegance in an Age of Crisis, a powerful book that pays a tribute to modern fashion of both men and women, and the craftspeople who constructed it. The book illustrates styles that are still seen as the ideal of beauty and modernity today. The 1930s is […]

Heritage Day 2014

Mark your agendas, because on Sunday April 27th it’s Heritage Day (Erfgoeddag)! All day you can enjoy an all-round offer of heritage in museums, archives and heritage libraries through Flanders and Brussels for free. This year’s theme will be ‘Without Boundaries’. The MoMu Library presents an installation with its elaborate collection of regional clothing. Most […]

‘Die Dame’ has joined the library family

We are very excited that several issues of the German fashion magazine ‘Die Dame‘ has been donated to our very own library! The magazine not only has a historical importance but it also gives us an image of fashion during war time. Back in the old days, Germany was very fascinated by French fashion and […]

Reading for success

For everyone whose life ambition is a successful career in fashion, the library has two new books that can guide you to your dream fashion-career. Alongside this synoptic start-up guide, you can expand your knowledge with the fifth edition of The World of Fashion. This extensive book is an essential resource for students seeking to […]

Power & Style meets David Bowie

For centuries, man has used clothes and other adornments to indicate status, wealth and position. These are the first lines of the back description of the new book Power & Style, a world history of politics and dress by Dominique and François Gaulme. This book is now available at the MoMu Library and explores fashion’s […]

1930s Fashion The Definitive Sourcebook

1930s: The book on the 1930s sheds light on the more mature femininity of the decade as translated by new silhouettes. The glamour of the Technicolor cinema and Hollywood starlets is translated in a figure-hugging silhouette that shows no signs of the upcoming austerity around the world. Until the late 1930s, European couture houses sold […]

Mom, why are you wearing my dress?

Do you know the phenomenon of your mother liking to wear your clothes? Throughout history certain forms and styles of dresses have been deemed appropriate – or more significantly, inappropriate – for people as they age. Recently this trending-topic has been subject of many programs and opinions on television and internet. In her new, smart […]

SCIENCE DAY/Sunday November 24th 2013

The Science Day is a chance for Flemish Universities, Institutes of Science or Companies to discuss and reflect current developments in Science by hosting various workshops and exhibitions. MoMu takes part in the Science Day 2013 by presenting the wondrous technique of 3D printing in fashion. This up coming theme seems to become more and […]

Wartime Fashion

Anyone with an active interest in World War II and fashion can now upgrade his knowledge with the new and essential reading, Wartime Fashion: From Haute Couture to Homemade, 1939-1945, now available at the MoMu Library. The Second World War and dress in Great-Britain were the inspiration for Geraldine Howells comprehensive analysis and study. Howell […]

Inspired by… History of Dutch textiles

Recently the library has been supplemented with several books about the weaving, silk and coton industry in Holland, more specific Amsterdam and Haarlem. One of them is the book of Sjoukje Colenbrander – When Weaving Flourished: the silk industry in Amsterdam and Haarlem, 1585-1750. This book gives an impression of the little known subject of […]