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Royal visit today!

 

Queen Mathilde, fashion, Dries Van Noten, MoMu, fashion museum

Queen Mathilde visit Dries Van Noten Inspirations at MoMu Antwerp, Photo: Siska Vandecasteele

This morning Queen Mathilde of Belgium visited Flanders Fashion Institute for a round table discussion and the Dries Van Noten Inspirations expo at MoMu Antwerp!

Queen Mathilde, fashion, Dries Van Noten, MoMu, fashion museum

Queen Mathilde visit Dries Van Noten Inspirations at MoMu Antwerp, Photo: Siska Vandecasteele

 

 

 

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Open doors Fashion Department

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The Antwerp Fashion Department is having its open doors today from 10AM until 5PM. Did you ever wonder how the classes looked like and wanted to talk to the students and teachers about the curriculum? Now is your chance! You can also admire the fantastic artwork of the students which is presented on the walls of the school.

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VIP visitor today!

Felix Da Housecat at Dries Van Noten Inspirations MoMu Antwerp

Felix Da Housecat at Dries Van Noten Inspirations MoMu Antwerp

Today we had the honor of welcoming the American DJ Felix Da Housecat on his visit to Antwerp where he visited the Dries Van Noten Inspirations exhibition!

Exhibition

Dries Van Noten Inspirations new addition

Dries Van Noten Inspirations A/W 2015-16 with miniature hats by Stephen Jones, Photo: Boy Kortekaas

Dries Van Noten Inspirations A/W 2015-16 with miniature hats by Stephen Jones, Photo: Boy Kortekaas

This week, the final theme of the exhibition Dries Van Noten Inspirations is revealed with the show footage of the AW 2015-16 collection.
The inspirations of this dazzling, eclectic collection, in which Dries revisits his favourite themes like brocade, chinoiserie, exquisite layers and prints, can be seen in a window at the end of the exhibition. The inspirations pay tribute to the grounded glamour of three iconoclastic ladies of style: Iris Apfel, Isabella Blow and Anna Piaggi, and also include the image series of the indigenous tribes ‘Before they pass away’ by Jimmy Nelson.

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MoMu Blogger Night

Blogger night at MoMu, Photo: Monica Ho

Blogger night at MoMu, Photo: Monica Ho

MoMu has successfully wrapped up another blogger edition! Being one of Belgian’s finest designers, Dries Van Noten is absolutely no stranger to our bloggers. We happily invited them to MoMu for a private tour by our MoMu guides, Kathleen and Yentl! Thank you bloggers for your great company and enthusiastic smiles!

Bloggers at the MoMu Wall on the blogger night at MoMu, Photo: Monica Ho

Bloggers at the MoMu Wall on the blogger night at MoMu, Photo: Monica Ho

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Akhnaten and Walter Van Beirendonck

Akhnaten, Walter Van Beirendonck, Ronald Stoops

Akhnaten by Philip Glass at Vlaamse Opera, costumes by Walter Van Beirendonck, Photo: Ronald Stoops

Last Friday, Feb 13th, the Flemish opera premiered Akhnaten, an opera from 1983 by Philip Glass about the rise and fall of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep IV (father of the more famous Tutankhamun).
The costume design for this visually eclectic and expressionistic opera was done by Walter Van Beirendonck, with make up by Inge Grognard.

The expressive, socially engaged and graphic style of Walter Van Beirendonck was a great match for the story, in which current political issues of monotheism, autocratic systems and iconoclasm are mirrored through references to the architecture, art and politics of the 1930s (Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, Frans Masereel’s woodcuts, Surrealist symbols, nazi architecture and ideology)  and of course to the radical innovations of Akhnaten, who installed a monotheistic cult of the God of the sun disc, Aton.

Akhnaten by Philip Glass at Vlaamse Opera, costumes by Walter Van Beirendonck, Photo: Ronald Stoops

Akhnaten by Philip Glass at Vlaamse Opera, costumes by Walter Van Beirendonck, Photo: Ronald Stoops

The different stylistic periods (1980s music, 1930s architecture and art, contemporary costumes and a story from 1350 b.C.)  gave the piece a lot of depth in terms of visual clues and layers: great materials to work with for Walter,  who is known for his outspoken, often politically engaged work.

Akhnaten by Philip Glass at Vlaamse Opera, costumes by Walter Van Beirendonck, Photo: Ronald Stoops

Akhnaten by Philip Glass at Vlaamse Opera, costumes by Walter Van Beirendonck, Photo: Ronald Stoops

For the golden time of the New Kingdom of Egypt and the rise of Akhnaten, Van Beirendonck chose a lot of gold lamé pleats, with historical shapes and some winks to Issey Miyake’s pleats and the power fashion and lamé of  Thierry Mugler, two designers who rose to the top of their game when Van Beirendonck was in fashion school in the late 1970s. The shiny, glittering fabrics in cheap lurex seem to be saying ‘all that glitters is not gold’, as the pharaoh’s kingdom starts to crumble, the glittering accessories became all the more cheap-looking. Once Akhnaten’s empire is finished, he packs his golden costume in a striped polypropylene carrier bag, the ultimate insult.

Walter Van Beirendonck, Akhnaten, Ronald Stoops, opera

Akhnaten by Philip Glass at Vlaamse Opera, costumes by Walter Van Beirendonck, Photo: Ronald Stoops

For the new Utopian city Achetaton, drawn in a coloured woodcut by Masereel, the dancers wear slim bodysuits in black and white streaks, a very beautiful, modern contrast with the golden pleats of the pharaoh.

Van Beirendonck’s signature can also be seen in the choice of footwear: sturdy sneakers, referencing streetwear but also military repression, and the opposite, more refined, classical heeled men’s shoes fit the symbolism of the story. Surreal shapes (lips, discs, cartoon hands, fists), trompe l’oeil effects, glittering fabrics and naïve embroidery, familiar to Walter’s fans from the ‘SHUT YOUR EYES TO SEE’ collection from  AW 2013-14, give a visually meaningful identity to each character. Face implants were used to give the lead actors a kind of grotesque, uncanny expression, mimicking the new style of sculpture under Akhnaten, which was great for the close up, black-and white camera shots throughout the piece. Walter Van Beirendonck has used face implants in his visuals since his AW 1998-’99 collection ‘Believe’, which was inspired by the work of French artist Orlan, who uses plastic surgery, implants and scarification as an artistic technique.

Akhnaten by Philip Glass at Vlaamse Opera, costumes by Walter Van Beirendonck, Photo: Ronald Stoops

Akhnaten by Philip Glass at Vlaamse Opera, costumes by Walter Van Beirendonck, Photo: Ronald Stoops

Many more costume design stories can be told about Akhnaten, but we advise you to go see the opera in Antwerp or Ghent until March 10th!

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Teaser video Dries Van Noten. Inspirations

Only three days left until our Dries Van Noten. Inspirations exhibition opens. Just in time for a teaser video!

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Free Entrance Tickets

DeMorgen

Make sure to buy a copy of De Morgen this Saturday! A free entrance ticket to our upcoming exhibition ‘Dries Van Noten Inspirations’ will be your weekend surprise!

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MoMu presents its 5m by 2m digital wall!

MoMuWall

MoMu has welcomed a new digital baby in the family: An interactive multi-touch wall!

One of the biggest challenges for museums is developing exciting and inspiring ways to share their archives, collections, exhibitions and projects with the public.

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With the support of Tourism Flanders and the help of Studio David Dos Santos and Lab101, MoMu is the first museum in Flanders with an interactive multi-touch wall where visitors can obtain images, video material and information in five different languages! Not only information of MoMu can be retrieved but also information of Antwerp Fashion Academy, the Flanders Fashion Institute and AT&C! Visitors and tourists will be able to enjoy the collection of our museum at its own pace.

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Kaat Debo, director of MoMu: “MoMu launches an unique digital project with this wall where it confirms its leading role in Flanders in the field of digitization. This project allows visitors and tourists to explore MoMu and its information in a whole new digital way!”

Curious about our wall? We encourage you to visit MoMu and discover our collection!

Exhibition

Dries Van Noten. Inspirations

Dries Van Noten, Inspirations, MoMu Antwerp

Dries Van Noten S/S2007, Photo: Mathieu Ridelle

For the very first time in his career designer Dries Van Noten discloses his oeuvre in an exhibition. No classical retrospective, but an intimate journey into his artistic universe, revealing the singularity of his creative process, which he illustrates with his numerous sources of inspiration.

The exhibition brings together various artistic fields through an assemblage of historical, pictorial, ethnic, cinematic and geographic references. While stressing the influences, the analogies and the contradictions in Dries Van Noten’s work, the exhibition combines fashion design with the world of decorative and fine arts in order to illustrate the Belgian creator’s distinctive techniques and stylistic vocabulary.

Dries Van Noten, Inspirations, MoMu Antwerp

Dries Van Noten S/S2009, Photo: Patrice Stable

The expo Dries Van Noten. Inspirations will be on view from February 13 until July 19 2015.

Including works by a.o Yves Klein, Thierry De Cordier, Victor Vasarely, Damien Hirst, Cecily Brown, Pol Bury, Christopher Wool, Hubert Duprat, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko and James Tissot. The exhibition was initiated and realised by Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris (01/03-02/11/14); and is organised in Antwerp by MoMu – Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp.