Author Archives: Karen Van Godtsenhoven

My favorite things: Isabelle Swengue

In an ongoing series ‘My Favourite Things’ we ask MoMu staff members to choose their favourite object from the current exhibition. Isabelle Swengue, cleaning lady at the MoMu: Jacket in wool with decorative metal chains, sweater with turtle neck in tricot in wool, bustier in knitting and crochet, and skirt made of panels in machine […]

My favorite things: Eric Van De Kerckhove

In an ongoing series ‘My Favourite Things’ we ask MoMu staff members to choose their favourite object from the current exhibition. Eric Van de Kerckhove, guard: Ensemble in silk twill weave with assymetrical coat and wraparound skirt, leather legging, gloves and high leather boots, Ann Demeulemeester, F/W 2012-2013. ‘When I look at this silhouette I […]

My favorite things: Christel Dierckx

In an ongoing series ‘My Favourite Things’ we ask MoMu staff members to choose their favourite object from the current exhibition. Christel Dierckx, guard: Ensemble in silk and tulle decorated with flocked stripes and floral patterns, with two waistcoats, trousers, silk tricot sleeves, and a pair of open chamois boots, Ann Demeulemeester, S/S 2014. ‘This […]

My favorite things: Fréderic Boutié

In a new series ‘My Favourite Things’ we ask MoMu staff members to choose their favourite object from the current exhibition. Since fashion is such a subjective and personal choice, this will make for some very varied and surprising objects, resulting in an amalgam of favourites across different exhibitions. You will get to know the […]

Dreamsuits by Bobbejaan & Josée Schoepen

You can see two outfits by the American ‘Rodeo Tailor’ Nudie Cohn in the exhibition MoMu Now, which were made for and worn by the Belgian music icon, entertainer and theme park owner Bobbejaan Schoepen and his wife Josée. Bobbejaan and Josée Schoepen wore these sparkling outfits for their music gigs at the Bobbejaanland theme […]

Birds of Paradise at The Bowes museum

It’s really nice to see an exhibition you curated traveling to a completely different setting and getting a new life after it finishes at MoMu. Yesterday we opened the Birds of Paradise: plumes and feathers in fashion exhibition at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, North England, a magnificent castle previously inhabited by John & […]

Shooting MoMu Now

Photographing collection pieces for the upcoming ‘MoMu Now’ exhibition and publication happens at our own MoMu studio. It is a stressful but also a delightful adventure. We photograph about 14 silhouettes a day and some accessories. Sometimes silhouettes look really good in our studio but once the unmerciful photographer’s lense is directed at them, you […]

Ann Demeulemeester on feathers, fashion & freedom

MoMu asked the Antwerp designer Ann Demeulemeester to select a series of silhouettes for the Birds of Paradise expo that highlight her use of feathers in different ways. Feathers, and especially pigeon feathers are part of Ann Demeulemeester’s signature and her world. They stand for freedom, humbleness and poetry. Have feathers always played an important […]

Feathers and Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy

The Birds of Paradise exhibition has amongst its silhouettes two extraordinary haute couture looks loaned to MoMu by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy. The first dress, Zuzanna, Haute Couture A/W 2011-2012 is a work of curled goose feathers in appliqué on white pony skin, with pearl embroidery and appliqué of ostrich feathers, and the silk skirt […]

Birds of Paradise catalogue

The Birds of Paradise exhibition is accompanied by a beautiful catalogue, with a lay-out by Paul Boudens and published by Lannoo. The book is an excellent point of reference for those who cannot see the exhibition or those who want to know more! The essays in the book tell many stories about feathers in fashion: […]