Author Archives: Wim Mertens

The Chanel Legend at the Draiflessen Collection in Mettingen

“Fashion passes, style remains” is a famous quote by the historic fashion designer and entrepreneur Coco Chanel. With the exhibition ‘The Chanel Legend’ the Draiflessen Collection tackles the question why Coco Chanel has never yet ceased to arouse such great interest both as a person and as the brand she founded. Her biography and image […]

Patchwork at Heritage Day

Patchwork is part of a long tradition. Leftover pieces of cloth were sewn on top of a hole or sign of usage, or used to imitate costly embroidery. During the nineteenth century, patchwork was a passtime for some women and an economical way to make beautifully decorated textiles for others. At the start of the last decade, designers such as Branquinho, Bikkembergs and Willhelm presented mosaic patchwork on the runway.

Mourning jewellery in 19th century Europe

Associated with rituals of death since medieval times, black jewellery became fashionable in the 19th century. Mourning jewellery, such as the cross-shaped and butterfly-shaped jet brooch from the MoMu Collection, was worn on solemn or festive occasions.

A unique confrontation
at MoMu’s Black exhibition

Black is often linked to piety and soberness, but in the 17th century it was a sign of social standing. That’s why Flemish painter Anhony van Dyck portrayed Marten Pepijn wearing a black doublet. MoMu confronts this painting with a 17th century doublet from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. A unique confrontation not to be missed!

A rare survivor:
17th century black woollen bonnet

One of the simplest objects in the current exhibition at MoMu is perhaps one of the most important, at least in a historical way of view. It’s a so-called widow’s bonnet made out of black cloth, dating from the late 17th century.