Author Archives: Karen Van Godtsenhoven

Opening hours of MoMu library during summer holidays

Want to do research in our MoMu library in July and August? During the summer holidays, MoMu library will only be open on Wednesdays by appointment! To make an appointment, please send an email to or call +32 (0) 3 470 27 79. For more information about the library, check out our website!

Looking back towards the future: the work of Issey Miyake

At the close of Balenciaga’s house in 1968, Issey Miyake witnessed, as a design assistant at the atelier of Guy  Laroche, the May 1968 student revolts in Paris, with the motto “sous les pavés la plage”. The freedom and rebellious, creative spirit of these revolts inspired Miyake: when he established his own house in 1970, […]

Game-Changing Moments, Paco Rabanne’s 1966 Manifesto collection

“I have always had the impression of being a time accelerator. Of going as far as is reasonable for one’s time and not indulge in the morbid pleasure of the known things, which I view as decay. I talk of mutation, of the unquenchable thirst for novelty, and of permanent rupture. To be fixed in […]

Martin Margiela: Silhouette Transformations

The influence of Martin Margiela on today’s fashion world cannot be underestimated: his challenge to the status quo of the fashion system, the status of the designer, model and the concept of the garment itself have changed the industry forever, and the consequences are still widely felt today. By looking at the designer through these […]

Rethinking the Body: Comme des Garçons and Georgina Godley

 “Not what has been seen before, not what has been repeated, instead, new discoveries that look towards the future, that are liberated and lively.” Press release Comme des Garçons 1997 Recently, MoMu acquired an original spring-summer 1997 Comme des Garçons dress, from the emblematic ‘Body Meets Dress’ collection by Rei Kawakubo at the Didier Ludot […]

Belgian Women’s Day – Suffragette Costume

November 11th is celebrated as Armistice Day throughout the world to remember the end of WWI but in Belgium it’s also Women’ s Day. Belgium has its own Women’s Day (next to the International Women’s Day of March 8th) since 1972 because Simone de Beauvoir had only one free day to travel to Belgium, which […]

Congratulations Demna Gvasalia!

  With Balenciaga’s announcement of its appointing Demna Gvasalia as creative director, MoMu shows you a throwback photo of 2013’s Happy Birthday Dear Academie exhibition, with a silhouette of the graduation work of Demna Gvasalia. The Georgian Gvasalia graduated in  2006  with his ‘Made in Antwerp’ collection, a theme which is still present in his […]

Body meets dress, dress meets body

MoMu just acquired this dress from the iconic ‘Body meets dress, dress meets body’ collection of Comme des Garçons spring summer 1997 at the Sotheby’s auction of Didier Ludot this Wednesday. We are happy to add this ‘Lumps and bumps’ dress in which Rei Kawakubo proposed radical new body shapes with padding and cushions which […]


MoMu would like to pay tribute to the late Roger Dyckmans, a wonderful man and iconic Belgian fashion photographer, who passed away last weekend. His work for Weekend Knack and WK- Mode dit is Belgisch contributed to an accessible visual language for Belgian fashion in the 1990s and 2000s. His kindness and patience made models […]

Akhnaten and Walter Van Beirendonck

Last Friday, Feb 13th, the Flemish opera premiered Akhnaten, an opera from 1983 by Philip Glass about the rise and fall of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep IV (father of the more famous Tutankhamun). The costume design for this visually eclectic and expressionistic opera was done by Walter Van Beirendonck, with make up by Inge Grognard. […]