D/NO D/NCO – El Abuelo



D/NO D/NCO is a performance art curator & maker, film & theater director, artist and writer. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collection of Le Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain de Haute-Normandie, France, as well as private collections in Paris, Antwerp, Brussels, Los Angeles, Barcelona, New York and London.

It was a no brainer for MoMu to feature such great artist in its exhibition! In the Ann Demeulemeester theme you can spot a video, El Abuelo shot by Dino dinco. This award-winning short film is an intimate portrait of local educator and poet, Joe Jimenez. Through the meditative process of ironing his clothes (a duty often identified as “women’s work”), we experience Joe in that familiar goal of finding the perfect crease. Of all domestic chores, ironing is the only one a “homeboy” is more than happy to master, as masterful ironing is the key to reaching an appearance of perfection. And to a homeboy, perfect creases work hand in hand with the power of attraction.


Historical Costume, Class of 2015

Mourning dress of Alice Gibson, 1896. Photographs from the work book of Yanaika Nuyts.

Mourning dress of Alice Gibson, 1896. Photographs from the work book of Yanaika Nuyts.

From the rich history of fashion and dress, each 2BA student has to choose a historical figure with a costume typical for the period. They have to do thorough research, including the political, cultural and social structures of the time, as well as a detailed study of the fabrics, materials, patterns and shapes that are characteristic of the costume.

Photographs from the work book of Yanaika Nuyts (BE).

Photographs from the work book of Yanaika Nuyts (BE).

The students then spend the first two months recreating the costume down to the smallest details, including underwear, accessories, hairstyles and make-up. They also have to find a fitting model to whose proportions the costume will be custom-made. The result is a contemporary improvisation using ‘calicot’ cotton as a basic fabric and colour, and using the original document as a reference for recreating authentic volumes, structures, decoration and colours. The graphic work they create based on the historical reference, supports the realization of the costume and the creation of the collection. This time-consuming assignment prepares the student for the work they will have to do during the next two terms, in which the emphasis lies in the creation of an avant-garde fashion collection of five silhouettes.

From now until 31st January 2016, you can enjoy free entrance to historical creations made by second year students of the Antwerp Fashion Academy in our MoMu gallery!


The Success Story behind the Trio WeberHodelFeder

Photo by Mous Lamrabat

Photo by Mous Lamrabat

The Swiss/German trio Matthias Weber, Niklaus Hodel and Florian Feder came to study in the Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts from different professional backgrounds but bonded at the academy over their love of cars, football and footwear, launching their label WeberHodelFeder shortly after graduation in 2012. Made in Italy with great attention to quality and detail, their shoes combine classical elements of handmade footwear with sporty details and contemporary colourways.

Courtesy of WeberHodelFeder's Instagram

Courtesy of WeberHodelFeder’s Instagram

Geert Bruloot: “Eddy and I discovered Niklaus Hodel very early on, when he was studying at the Antwerp Fashion School in his second year. We awarded him with the Coccodrillo Award for most innovative shoe design for an experimental metal boot. The year after, in third year, he had developed a shoe to fit his menswear collection that was ready to be commercialized. So we proposed to help him start up as a shoe designer: out of this came the trio of friends WeberHodelFeder”


Footprint – The Tracks of Shoes in Fashion until 14th February 2016 at MoMu Antwerp!


A.F. Vandevorst meets Fetish

A.F. Vandevorst shoes in our Fetish theme. Photo/Foto by Koen De Waal

A.F. Vandevorst shoes in our Fetish theme. Photo/Foto by Koen De Waal


The DNA of the label by designer duo An and Filip Vandevorst was inspired by military and medical uniforms, Joseph Beuys’ visual language (felt) and the equestrian world of horses, saddles and leather harnesses, juxtaposed with more fragile elements such as skin-coloured silk and lingerie-like fabrics. Their classic X010 boot, for instance, blends male and female components, a soldier’s boot with a heel.

The A.F. Vandevorst shoe line is called ‘Fetish’ because of the duo’s penchant for shoes and leather elements in their collections: each time, the shoes are a determining factor in the silhouette and combine robust elements with tender and fragile tones, a duality which A.F. Vandevorst keeps exploring.

Geert Bruloot about the designer duo: “I met a lot of Antwerp designers when they were still at school. Among them were An Vandevorst and fillip Aricks, the duo behind the A.F Vandevorst brand. When An was working as a design assistant at Dries Van Noten, she proved to have a talent for designing shoes. So obviously when they started their own brand, we presented their shoes at Coccodrillo. This was the start of a cooperation that has been very successful to this day. Her shoes have been on the wish list of many customers coming from far away, desperately wanting the newest version of her iconic designs.”

An herself has a preference for high heels, making her feel more confident, stronger and more feminine. An: “You can have high heels which are comfortable. Somebody who is tall, who is slender, beautiful always makes more of an impression. If you can enhance or achieve that with your shoes, then you would be stupid not to do so.”

Footprint: The Tracks of Shoes in Fashion until 14th February 2016 at MoMu Antwerp!


Design your own textile print during Dag van de Wetenschap!

Photo/Foto: Monica Ho

Photo/Foto: Monica Ho

Did you ever dream of becoming a textile designer? MoMu is fulfilling this dream for children on 22 November during the Dag van de Wetenschap (Day of Science), the biggest annual science event in Flanders and Brussels. During that day, children can participate in workshops to design their own textile print through the art of programming.

Technology and fashion are an unexpected, but perfect pair. For the past years, designers have been using digital techniques to create prints on garments. Antwerp designer Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos gained worldwide acclaim with their colourful and hyper-real textile designs.

Examples of prints you can design. Courtesy of Lab101

Examples of  textile prints you can design. Courtesy of Lab101

During the Dag van de Wetenschap, children will not be sending their designs down the runway, but the designs will be displayed on MoMu’s 10sq m2 digital wall at the entrance of the museum. Visitors and passer-by’s will be able to admire the results of the childrens’ creative endeavours.

Even if you’re not designing that day, we invite everybody to come to MoMu. You can see the children at work in our MoMu library, learn more about the art of programing or visit the exhibition FOOTPRINT. The Tracks of Shoes in Fashion. Entrance into the exhibition is completely free that day!

The workshops are in Dutch. For more information, please visit momu.be . The workshops are supported by Lab101 and Karel de Grote-Hogeschool.



FootPrint: Louboutin x David Lynch


Several shoe designers play with the fetish association, most famously the French designer Christian Louboutin, whose red soles and stunningly high shoes are worn by many celebrities. The red soles symbolize an aggressive sexuality often associated with dominance. Louboutin collaborated with David Lynch on an iconic series of fetish images in which his shoes are the stars.

Footprint: The Tracks of Shoes in Fashion until 14th February at MoMu Antwerp!


A new acquisition has landed: Haider Ackermann


And a new acquisition to our MoMu collection has just arrived! This fantastic jacket in tweed and wool by Haider Ackermann A/W 2015-16!

It’s not uncommon for MoMu to receive generous donations from designers. We take great care of our MoMu collection and make sure that these items maintain the best possible condition!



Breakfast Talks: Talking Heads Talking Shoes

WeberHodelFeder, AW 2014-2015. Photo/Foto: Frédéric Uyttenhove

WeberHodelFeder, AW 2014-2015. Photo/Foto: Frédéric Uyttenhove


This autumn, MoMu is organizing 2 breakfast talks at Valerie Traan Gallery with international iconic shoe designers talking about their lives, inspirations, creations and personal perspectives on the fashion world. On 15 November MoMu welcomes the British shoe designer Patrick Cox and on 13 December, the French shoe designer Pierre Hardy.


15/11 – Patrick Cox

Born in Edmonton, Canada in 1963, Patrick Cox’s first steps into the world of fashion came via the Toronto nightclub scene when he was a teenager. Following a move to London in 1983 to study at Cordwainers College, his engagement with the city’s nightlife led to fortuitous encounters with luminaries of the London fashion scene – including associates of Vivienne Westwood for whom he went on to design show shoes, including her first platform heels.

Cox debuted his own label directly after graduating in 1985, with the succes of his hip, witty designs leading to the opening of his first store, only six years later. In 1993 he launched ‘Wannabe’ – a diffusion range of block-heeled loafers in faux exotic skins and eye-catching colors – the style was a runaway success, and is now a key aesthetic reference for 1990s fashion. Having parted company with his namesake brand in 2008, he opened the saucy cupcake venture Cox Cookies & Cake in London’s Soho in 2010, then in 2011 signed on to design for the Italian shoe company Geox. In autumn of 2015, he launched a new solo venture – Lathbridge – a collection of Italian-made, British-inspired shoes for men and women.

13/12 – Pierre Hardy

Born in Paris in 1956, Pierre Hardy studied fine art and dance. After a short stint in the performing arts, he started designing shoes for Christian Dior in 1987, and in 1990 was appointed creative director of men’s and women’s footwear at Hermès. For S/S 1999, he launched his eponymous brand with a collection of shoes for women, but continued with other collaborations alongside, notably an association with Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga that commenced in 2002, and opened his first store in Paris the following year. A second Paris store opened in 2009, followed by a US flagship in New York in 2010.

Celebrated for his bold colours and graphics and use of geometric emblems in appliqué or even protruding from the shoe in three dimensions, Hardy is perhaps as widely known now for his eye-catching sneakers as for the elevated women’s shoes with which he made his name. Over the last 25 years, he has continued to expand and experiment, turning his hand to fine jewelry for Hermès and makeup for Nars, as well as concept footwear for Peugeot.

With 600 shoes in the exhibition FootPrint. The Tracks of Shoes in Fashion, MoMu reveals the research of their archives, stories and creations. These live conversations will be moderated by author Hettie Judah, with an introduction by curator and collector Geert Bruloot.

Valerie Traan Gallery, Reyndersstraat 12, 2000 Antwerp

11u00 Admission / 11u30 Talks / 13u00 Brunch / 14u00 Optional guided tour FOOTPRINT exhibition at MoMu

€ 20 – 26 years and older
€ 15 – students & MoMu+Friends

Become a MoMu+Friend for just € 50 and enjoy many advantages throughout the year and join a breakfast talk for free!

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Ticket includes one breakfast talk session with brunch and free guided tour through FOOTPRINT


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From now on, you can follow our very own MoMu Library on Instagram @momulibrary!

We will show you our library collection and let you discover all the newest acquisitions and tons of other amazing publications!


Tribal: from tribal patterns to extreme platform heels

Tribal theme with Robbie Fimmano's photo as backdrop Photo/Foto: Koen de Wael

Tribal theme with Robbie Fimmano’s photo as backdrop Photo/Foto: Koen de Wael

Contemporary shoe fashion shows the footprints of shoe traditions from all corners of the world: from tribal patterns and embroidery to extreme platform heels. A few of our favorite shoes in the tribal theme:

Alexander McQueen, spring-summer 2008, loan of the Honorary Daphne Guinness. Alexander McQueen, spring-summer 2008, loan of the Honorary Daphne Guinness.

Alexander McQueen, spring-summer 2008, loan of the Honorary Daphne Guinness.

These Oriental shoes with double stilts, embroidery and tassels demonstrate Alexander McQueen’s eye for detail and craftsmanship. McQueen’s Spring-Summer 2008 collection ‘La dame bleue’ was a tribute to his best friend Isabella Blow, the eccentric British fashion icon and McQueen’s discoverer and muse. She died after a tragic suicide in 2007. The clothing collection referenced their shared passions, such as birds and feathers, Japonism, bondage and tweed.

Chinese Lotus shoes, 19th century. Embroided satin

Chinese Lotus shoes, 19th century. Embroided satin

Lotus shoes are footwear worn by Chinese women who had bound feet. The shoes were shaped to resemble lotus buds. They were delicately constructed from cotton or silk and were small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. Some designs had heels of wedge-shaped soles. The shoes existed in different colors and styles and were decorated with embroidered animals or flower. Though foot binding is no longer practiced, many lotus shoes survive as artifacts in museums or private collections.

Guiseppe Zanotti, SS2012. Made out of suede and beads

Guiseppe Zanotti, SS2012. Made out of suede and beads

Giuseppe Zanotti, renowned Italian shoe maker collaborated with Kanye West to create this pearl embroidered stilette for the Spring 2012 collection of Dw by Kanye West clothing line. The level of Giuseppe’s workmanship is clearly high, and the excessive amount of vanilla beads possesses a certain allure.

Walter Van Beirendonck, SS2008. Made out of wood.

Walter Van Beirendonck, SS2008. Made out of wood.

For his spring summer 2008 Sex-clown collection, Walter Van Beirendonck created sixteen strong, self-conscious men proudly presenting their masculinity and body diversity. “Avatars have been fascinating to me since the mid-nineties” says Walter Van Beirendonck. “With the arrival of Second Life, avatars have finally found their own world, and the real world has become aware of their power.” The wooden clog in our tribal theme is one of the key items in the collection showcasing a true attention for details.

The shoes are all on display in Footprint – The Track of Shoes in Fashion!