Category Archives: Collection

Natan. The Dress – Documentary

In 2016, Belgian fashion house Natan gifted MoMu a couture creation. As a result of this gift, the ModeMuseum has created a film documenting the entire design and manufacturing process of the dress. The film records the various stages of the creative process of the dress: from the early design idea, the first sketch and […]

Natan. The Dress expo until 26 February 2017 at MoMu!

Great news! Due to the success of our Natan. The Dress expo, MoMu has decided to extend the expo until 26th February 2017! The expo has already attract 17.000 visitors since its opening in October! Expect a selection of unique Natan creations and a couture gown that was gifted to MoMu. Natan. The Dress in […]

Helmut Lang & The (a)typical Dress

In 2005, Austrian designer Helmut Lang resigned as creative director of his namesake label to focus on his new career as a fine artist. A few years later, he donated a large volume of his fashion archive to museums worldwide. MoMu was very pleased to welcome this enigmatic evening dress that is at once typical […]

Working with the MoMu/UA study collection: Learning About Degradation

Bonnet (1880 – 1910) Inventory number: 80335 Materials and techniques: Cotton; Silk; Linen; Lace; Velvet   Before the start of a conservation treatment, a series of analyses have to be performed. Choices made during conservation decision making are based on the results of those analyses. One topic to explore is the cause of degradation. This […]

Study Collections: A Challenging Context for Museums and Universities

On Thursday 29th September, University of Antwerp is holding a conference introducing its study collections project that has been on going since October 2014. The aim of this conference is to discuss the results obtained during the two-year study: used methods, findings and assessment of results. For the project two study collections were used as a case […]

New Acquisition: Video Material from Horst Wanschura

MoMu library is extremely excited to have received a generous donation from Horst Wanschura, a multibrand concept store in Stuttgart, Germany. The store has donated a ton of video material to the library including rare video footages of 80s – 90s collections of renowned fashion designers such as Jean Paul Gaulthier, Junya Watanabe, Ann Demeulemeester […]

Working with the MoMu/UA Study Collection: Traditional German headware

Traditional German headware (ca. 1890) Inventory number: 80289 Materials and techniques: Silk; Cotton; Wool; Cardboard; Metal thread (silver); Metal lamina strips; Glass beads; Stones This hat is a beautiful example of a mixed-material object that can be found in a textile collection. It consists of a metal frame, which was completely deformed, with a silver […]

New Acquisition: Iris Van Herpen couture dress worn by Björk

Thanks to MoMu+Friends, MoMu has acquired a new item from the Kerry Taylor Auction: Björk’s Iris van Herpen couture off-white iridescent acrylic dress, worn for the ‘Biophilia’ tour, ‘Micro’ collection, Spring-Summer, 2012. Björk’s Iris van Herpen couture off-white iridescent acrylic dress, worn for the ‘Biophilia’ tour, ‘Micro’ collection, Spring-Summer, 2012. the nude jersey ground applied with […]

Working with the MoMu/UA Study Collection: Challenges of Black Lace

Mitten (beginning 20th century) Materials and techniques: Lace; Cotton The presentation of lace poses a challenge because of its transparency, especially when it is a three dimensional object. A second year student was given the assignment to think of a combined presentation/preservation solution and to study the materials and technology of this black lace mitten, […]

Working with the MoMu/UA Study Collection: Reconstruction of a Blouse

    Blouse (1890/1915) Materials and techniques: Cotton; Silk; Lace: chantilly; Tulle The only original part of this blouse is the black lace, which came into the study collection in separate pieces. The main part of this exercise consisted of historical research about fashion and patternmaking at the beginning of the 20th century. A sample […]