Category Archives: Collection

New Acquisition: Stephen Jones, MoMu’s favourite (Mad) Hatter

  When Stephen Jones makes hats, he invents complete characters. Jones’ private thrill in building a millinery collection is to gradually develop personalities, tell different stories, and unravel various adventures. Soho or London’s Gilded Gutter forms the theme of his A/W 2016-17 collection that just arrived in the MoMu collection thanks to a long-term loan […]

New Acquisition: Walter Van Beirendonck A/W16-17 jacket

  In WOEST for Autumn/Winter 2016-2017, Walter Van Beirendonck took a stance against increasing intolerance, and communicated a strong message to ‘stop terrorizing our world’! In this look, the leopard print expresses a sense of animalistic aggression. The legs and arms of the expressive tribal figure on the leather jacket are playfully dangling out, suggesting […]

Fashion Framing Photography – An homage to Robert Mapplethorpe by Raf Simons

  American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989), founded his eponymous Foundation a few months before his death to protect his legacy, to further promote photography as a full-fledged art form, and to support scientific research into AIDS and HIV. Last year, the foundation contacted Raf Simons with the proposition of a collaboration. Very soon after, Simons […]

Antwerp Fashion in The Hague!

Each year, the Belgian ambassador in The Hagueinvites a province to exhibit works of art in his office. This year, Antwerp is the lucky one to represent its cultural talents in the house of the ambassador and MoMu was more than willing to lend a fashion hand. Inspired by our last exhibition Rik Wouters & […]

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 […]