I already visited the expo with my school, but came to revisit with my mother and my aunt!
May 20, 2015 – 15:49
This afternoon MoMu welcomed the 50.000th visitor of the exhibition Dries Van Noten. Inspirations since its launch on February 12th 2015.
The lucky visitor was Soun Nicholson, 18, from 2060 Antwerp. She received a signed copy of the exhibition catalogue and a membership of MoMu+Friends (the friends organization of the museum) from Deputy for Culture Luk Lemmens and our director Kaat Debo.
I already visited the expo with my school, but came to revisit with my mother and my aunt!
All Photos: Monica Ho
May 18, 2015 – 12:51
On Thursday 21 May 2015 the Belgian art world gathers its forces for the victims of the earthquakes in Nepal at Vooruit Ghent. The non-profit association Vrienden van Troje organizes a fundraiser, Kunst voor Nepal, to support organizations which are sending help to Nepalese children. Several fashion designers are contributing among which Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dirk Van Saene, etc.
At the event there will be an auction lead by Bernaerts where you can bid on unique art works, illustrations and designs. The Belgian fashion world also shows its support by donating extraordinary pieces. The selection goes from limited edtion sneakers by Walter Van Beirendonck to the exceptional lingerie of Ghent’s own Murielle Scherre (La Fille D’O). To attend this auction, register via www.bernaerts.be.
You will also have the opportunity to buy signed books of Belgian and Dutch authors and attend concerts of dEUS and Nordmann and performances of Wouter Deprez and Carll Cneut.
For the full programme or to buy tickets click here.
May 15, 2015 – 12:49
On 23rd May, DE Studio will be transformed into MOOI, a festival about sustainable fashion. MOOI gathers information about ‘honest fashion’ and wants to educate consumers and raise awareness about the importance of sustainable fashion through talks and workshops
Now more than ever, sustainable fashion has been a hot topic in the fashion world. The clothing industry has created a big impact on the environment and society. The creative industry draws inspiration from man and nature but at a certain cost. Environment pollution and questionable conditions are no longer silent topics.
During the Fashion Talks, a variety of guest speakers such as Bruno Pieters from Honest By, will talk about the harsh conditions within the fashion industries and about the difficulties they have encountered while staying loyal to their sustainable vision.
Do you want to take matters into your own hands? Join our workshops where you will learn how to revive your old clothing. Convinced about sustainable fashion during our talks and workshops? Why not stroll around in our market where brands and organizations present their honest fashion!
To top it all off, use your MOOI Festival ticket on the same day to receive €2 reduction off your Dries Van Noten. Inspirations entrance ticket at MoMu!
For more informations and tickets, visit our website mooi-festival.com.
May 12, 2015 – 14:18
Review of New York Journal of Books “What one comes to expect from a monograph such as this is that you will be dazzled with visuals and the photos will require very little explanation. The subject matter of most of these pictorials is usually either a sweetheart of the current fashion media or a great designer of the past who might have been forgotten or is less than a household name. Dries Van Noten breaks the mold on all accounts. This is indeed a love letter to the designer but also a book that entertains, enlightens, and glorifies the art of fashion.”
To celebrate the success of both the exposition and the book Lannoo organizes an exclusive night at MoMu on 21 May 2015. This night includes a guided visit to the exposition after which the guests can enjoy a drink offered by Cointreau. They will also be given a special gift: a catalogue signed by Dries Van Noten, who will attend the event as well.
Don’t want to miss this? Buy a ticket for two for €80 instead of €120 via www.lannooshop.be/vannoten
May 5, 2015 – 15:23
For the exhibition Dries Van Noten Inspirations, MoMu colabs with CinemaZuid in Antwerp. This month you can enjoy two movies of Dries Van Noten’s choice. He selected four movies – Iris, Chariots of fire, The man who fell to earth and Howard’s end -which are part of his inspirations, to complete his exposition now running at MoMu Antwerp.
First of all Iris will be introduced into your life. Although it would be quite a surprise if you didn’t know her already. Iris has been present in the New York fashion scene for decades and keeps on showing the world that art, life and fashion are just a big experiment. This inspiration has been captured by legendary, recently deceased, Albert Maysles in the movie “Iris”.
Chariots of fire is an Oscar-winning and fashion changing film by Hugh Hudson. It tells the story of two track athletes competing each other to win the golden medal at the Olympics of ’24 in Paris. The movie about the decided Jew and the devoted Christian was especially important to Dries because of its costume design by Milena Canonero. The release of the movie was for him the cause of fashion changing its course.
Feeling impatient? Come and visit our exhibition Dries Van Noten Inspirations at MoMu to get a look into the marvelous brain of Dries Van Noten. For more information about the movies and the rest of the programme you can visit www.cinemazuid.be.
April 28, 2015 – 15:23
This was said by Karl Lagerfeld who knew early on, as fashion visionary, that the future of fashion wasn’t just in haute couture. His creations made it past the catwalk, beyond the streets and into the museum, in this case Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, captured in the exposition Karl Lagerfeld. Modemethode. The exposition portrays an important fashion chapter in the 20th and 21st century in which Karl Lagerfeld was and still is the protagonist. And who would we be if we wouldn’t take our MoMu+friends into the fashion cosmos of this extraordinary designer?
On the 20th of June we will set out to Bonn with MoMu+Friends for a fashion field trip. In the Bundeskunsthalle we’ll get a guided tour through the exposition. Afterwards there is an entire afternoon left for the friends to explore Bonn, home town of Beethoven, which has a rich cultural history and of course many places to shop.
Become a MoMu+friend and in return you can join us on this trip for only € 39,00. As a friend you contribute to the collection of MoMu by donating €50/year. In return you can enjoy the following benefits:
A little preview of what to expect:
April 24, 2015 – 18:22
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 feel especially at ease resulting in spontaneous and natural poses, like this ‘Mode dit is Belgisch’ cover from September 2000 featuring Belgian model Roos Vandekerckhove:
Another great example hidden in the MoMu library archive, which holds all the Mode dit is Belgisch magazines from 1984 up til today, is this shoot for the 3rd year collection of Kanya Miki, a very talented Japanese student who graduated from the fashion department in 2002. The shoot was done in the beautiful Carolus Boromeus church in Antwerp, a fitting décor for the baroque silhouettes of Kanya Miki.
The pictures are a great example of the magic that happens at the Antwerp fashion department, and are all shot by Roger Dyckmans:
In 2003, Dyckmans produced one of the most enduring images with a group portrait of 19 faces of Belgian fashion: the shoot was done in 3 different studios and Roger Dyckmans managed to merge them into one, as an early adopter of digital photography techniques.
This cover of Mode dit is Belgisch remains a very iconic snapshot of a moment in time when different generations of Belgian fashion designers were at the top of their game together. The playful and relaxed poses and postures can be attributed to the talented photographer who made everyone feel at ease.
Rest in peace, Mr. Dyckmans.
By Karen Van Godtsenhoven | | |
April 24, 2015 – 14:53
The project consists of two parts. First of all, ‘porcelain cards‘ from the MoMu collection were inventoried. The surface of these paper cards were treated with white lead which made them look exactly like porcelain. The cards originally date from the 19th century and were mostly used as a way to advertise. Cards obtained by MoMu are only related to textile and fashion businesses in major cities such as Antwerp, Paris, Brussels, Gent and Ostend.
Secondly, a layered map of the city of Antwerp was made. The map combines the old map of the city (1855) with a contemporary map. The combination of both maps allows you to see where the porcelain cards were located and thus giving the opportunity to see what the fashion heart of Antwerp was like during the 19th century!
By Birgit Ansoms | | |
April 24, 2015 – 09:18
Time to explore our cultural heritage! MoMu will be joining the 15th edition of the cultural festivities of Heritage Day which will be held on Sunday 26 April. To make things even more exciting and interactive, MoMu will be hosting a ‘Make Your Own Porcelain Card’ workshop!
In our MoMu Library you can discover the peculiar ‘porcelain cards’. These are business cards, menus or invitations that are transferred onto cardboard using a special technique. The result: A glossy effect resembling porcelain. MoMu offers you the opportunity to make your own historical card! Making the card allows you to engage with the past, truly embrace the fashion heart of Antwerp in the 19th century, and it will be the perfect souvenir to bring home with you!
All you have to do is mark 26 April on your agenda and visit MoMu on Heritage Day to join this free interactive workshop for young and older! If you want to know more about Heritage Day at MoMu, read our other blogpost.
April 22, 2015 – 10:02
For many artists the 18th century is an inexhaustible source of inspiration. The exhibition SWEET 18 at Kasteel d’Ursel in Antwerp will show you the 18th century through the eyes of fifty contemporary designers. Put together by curators with expertise in various art forms, the exhibition allows you to discover how The Age of Enlightenment influenced the work of artists as Erwin Olaf, Wim Delvoye and Walter Van Beirendonck.
Among the curators is Wim Mertens, curator of the MoMu Collection, who helped putting together the fashion-part of the SWEET 18-exhibition. When it comes to fashion the extravagant style of Marie Antoinette was a trigger for many designers. Her tight bodice, wide skirt and gigantic wig were all part of her exuberant lifestyle and are now a source of inspiration. Thus Wim Mertens gathered some of the most striking and fitting pieces from the MoMu collection.
The result is a visual summary of how Marie Antoinette was the catalyst for collections of designers as Yohji Yamamoto as well as French fashion houses like Nicholas Ghesquière for Balenciaga, Raf Simons for Dior, Thierry Mulger and Olivier Theyskens for Rochas and Nina Ricci. Also Walter Van Beirendonck, Bernhard Willhelm and Jolien-Rosanne Klaassen will surprise you with their take on the 21st century Marie Antoinette.
Wim Mertens, Curator of the MoMu Collection: “The silhouettes that have been selected to be shown in SWEET 18 have both obvious and more subtle references to the fashion styles of the 18th century. The visitors are challenged to discover and interpret these links so that the garments are experienced in a new and sometimes unexpected and unusual way. The interaction with the scarcely changed 18th century apartments of the castle creates an elegant and refreshing effect.“
You can go and explore the former summerhouse of the d’Ursel family from 1/05/2015 until 5/07/2015. In the old bedrooms of the family you can behold the various sculptures, furniture, paintings and of course fashion pieces to a soundtrack by British composer Max Richter.
Of course MoMu+friends will be there to see what the exposition has to offer. They will enjoy a guided tour by Wim Mertens himself and afterwards there is an afternoon tea to be savored by the friends. If you want to join us, become a MoMu+friend for this and many other experiences.