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


Stephen Jones A/W16-17 - Madame Jojo| Photo by MoMu Antwerp/Stany Dederen

Stephen Jones A/W16-17 – Madame Jojo | Photo by MoMu Antwerp/Stany Dederen

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 by Geert Bruloot and Eddy Michiels. This party-inspired collection captures the bohemia intrinsic to his beloved Soho: That dodgy never-never land, that hallucinated enclave, where we waited, consumed by angst, to cure today’s hangover by making certain of tomorrow’s (George Melly).

Stephen Jones A/W16-17 - 999 | Photo by MoMu Antwerp/Stany Dederen

Stephen Jones A/W16-17 – 999 | Photo by MoMu Antwerp/Stany Dederen

Stephen Jones burst on to the London fashion scene during its explosion of street style in the late seventies. By day, he was a hard-working student at Central St. Martins; after dark he was one of that era’s uncompromising style-blazers at the legendary Blitz nightclub. With his Soho collection he brings an eclectic ode to the district in central London and explores different characters of the night: a Barbie-dancing queen, a British crown in fetish red lacquer, a knitted beret for a St Martin’s student, and a fluffy Parisian-chic fur hat with a burning cigarette.

Stephen Jones A/W16-17 - 69 Beret | Photo by MoMu Antwerp/Stany Dederen

Stephen Jones A/W16-17 – 69 Beret | Photo by MoMu Antwerp/Stany Dederen



Opening hours of MoMu library during summer holidays


Want to do research in our MoMu library in July and August? During the summer holidays, MoMu library will only be open on Wednesdays by appointment! To make an appointment, please send an email to or call +32 (0) 3 470 27 79. For more information about the library, check out our website!


Summer workshops at MoMu!

Photo by Bob Van Mol

Photo by Bob Van Mol


For our little MoMu fans, MoMu is organizing tons of summer workshops for children! Want to make your own dress out of rings or a top made of gloves? What about a sock sweater or a disco ball jacket? Nothing sounds too crazy for our workshops!

For more information, check out our website. Register quickly because places are limited!


Olivier Theyskens – She Walks in Beauty

Nina Ricci by Olivier Theyskens F/W 2007-2008, Photo: Sybille Walter, Encens Magazine, 2007 - Model: Hannelore Knuts - Styling: Haider Ackermann Hair & Make-up: Carole Colombani

MoMu proudly announces its fall expo Olivier Theykens – She Walks in Beauty starring Belgian designer Olivier Theyskens and his creative evolution of twenty years!

The expo focuses on his experience in the fashion business, his craftsmanship and the changing atmospheres of his work through a multitude of silhouettes imbued with the couture spirit. Covering his dark romantic times at Rochas, his mastering of textiles and cut at Nina Ricci, his American adventure with Theyskens’ Theory and the re-launch of his own brand Olivier Theyskens, MoMu will display the silhouettes of the master’s hand.

But that’s not all! His story will be accompanied by literary voices that form a counterpoint to his visual world, photographs, films and drawings which show the creative process of the artist at work. The Theyskens muse changes through time: she’s romantic, mysterious, strong and elegant, both young and old, but she walks in beauty wherever she goes. A heart whose love is innocent!

Olivier Theyskens – She Walks in Beauty from 12th October 2017 to 18th March on display at MoMu! Stay tuned!


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


Photo by Catwalkpictures

Photo by Catwalkpictures

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 their sweet liberation from the jacket’s frame and from narrow-minded worldviews in general.


Congratulations Raf Simons for winning the Ultima’s prize!

Congratulations to Raf Simons for winning the Ultima’s prize in Belgium!

The Ultimas prize is a cultural prize presented to a person or an organization that has made a remarkable contribution in the cultural landscape in Flanders! With Raf Simons winning the prize presented by the Flemish Minister of Culture Sven Gatz, fashion is finally seen as a part of the art and cultural world! He is also the first fashion designer ever to win it! Time and time again, Raf Simons has proven to be a fashion force to be reckoned with. From Dior to Calvin Klein, Raf Simons manages to add his fashion DNA in for every fashion house that he designs for and stays true to his design style.

Kaat Debo, MoMu director: “Even as a designer at big fashion houses, Raf Simons manages to combine his own DNA without losing sight of the house’s DNA.”


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 paid a personal homage in his Spring/Summer 2017 collection to Mapplethorpe, one of the most influential and ground-breaking photographers of the 20th century. Simons studied his extensive oeuvre in the Mapplethorpe archives in New York City. He selected more than one hundred images, spanning artist portraits (Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Alice Neel), iconic self-portraits, and abstract, sexualized images of flowers.


With a curatorial approach and instinct, Simons wanted to make Mapplethorpe’s oeuvre more accessible to an audience that might not frequent museums or art galleries. Simons introduced Mapplethorpe to his own world, that of men’s fashion. The collection reads as a Mapplethorpe exhibition, with photographs embedded in garments that hold a striking simplicity in order not to disturb or dominate the purity of Mapplethorpe’s images. Pants were made of shiny PVC, and the sweaters and shirts were oversize and designed to frame the pictures onto the wearer’s body. Fully crediting both creators, the clothing labels read: Raf Simons // Robert Mapplethorpe. MoMu is very pleased to welcome these silhouettes to its collection.

Credits: Catwalkpictures


Summer School on Fashion Management

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Great news for anyone interested to master the ins and outs of fashion management! University of Antwerp is organizing a summer school from 28th August until 6th September in Antwerp and Paris! This summer school gives a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry (independent fashion designers and luxury brands) and their dynamics, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and sustainability. This programme is a collaboration between three prestigious schools: University of Antwerp (UAntwerp), Antwerp Management School and Institut Français de la Mode (IFM). Professionals as well as (recently graduated) Master students, highly interested in or motivated to work in the fashion industry, with or without experience in the sector, from all over the world can apply for this summer school!

For more information, check out the website of the University of Antwerp!


Antwerp Museum Night and Cultural Market of Flanders paves the way for unseen talent!


Do you want a chance to exhibit your artwork? Today is your lucky day! Until May 1st, you can apply your artwork for a spot in the exhibition Ongezien #2. From textile art to performance to painting and illustration, any type of artwork is welcome!   A jury of Antwerp museum directors and managers will choose 50 works. Ongezien #2 will officially open on Museum Night on August 5th. From then on, the expo is free for everyone to enjoy until August 27th.

Sign up before May 1st by submitting a picture of your artwork and you might get the opportunity to share your work with an audience! Sign up here!



Antwerp Fashion in The Hague!

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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 & the Private Utopia, the central hall of the residence now includes a scenic bench decorated with a design by Dirk Van Saene. The garden on the other hand has been transformed into a remarkable and surreal sanatorium thanks to A.F. Vandevorst. Within this safe environment, the installation conveys a sense of security within the Belgian haven. A place to shelter, heal and forgather. To top it all off, miniature dolls wearing the graduation silhouettes of the Antwerp six tell the story of how it all began for Antwerp fashion.