Behind the scenes, Exhibition

2 days to go before the opening of Birds of Paradise

Feathered silhouette by Olivier Theyskens for Rochas at MoMu - Fashion Museum Antwerp

Feathered silhouette by Olivier Theyskens for Rochas at MoMu – Fashion Museum Antwerp. Shot with Pentax K-01

2 days before the opening of Birds of Paradise! We are putting the last silhouettes in the exhibition space, such as this feathered beauty by Olivier Theyskens for Rochas.

Behind the scenes, Exhibition

Scenographer’s view: the museum as an abstract painting

Photo: Bob Verhelst

Photo: Bob Verhelst

Exhibition

Say hello to these feathery friends!

Stuffed swan from the Antwerp Zoo study collection to be transported for the Birds of Paradise expo at MoMu Antwerp, Photo: Monica Ho

Stuffed swan from the Antwerp Zoo study collection to be transported for the Birds of Paradise expo at MoMu Antwerp, Photo: Monica Ho, Shot with Pentax K-01

During the preparation for the upcoming expo Birds of Paradise we have transported 23 stuffed birds from the collection of the Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen (KBIN – Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences) from Brussels to Antwerp.

Stuffed peacock from the Antwerp Zoo study collection arrived safely at MoMu Antwerp for the Birds of Paradise expo, Photo: Monica Ho

Stuffed peacock from the Antwerp Zoo study collection arrived safely at MoMu Antwerp for the Birds of Paradise expo, Photo: Monica Ho, Shot with Pentax K-01

The collection also includes part of the collection that used to belong to the Antwerp Zoo where it was used as a study collection.
These stuffed birds, from peacocks to swans, display a variety of stunning feathers in all different shapes and colors which will fit in very nicely with the silhouettes featured in the expo.

Stuffed birds from the Antwerp Zoo study collection to be transported for the Birds of Paradise expo at MoMu Antwerp, Photo: Monica Ho

Stuffed birds from the Antwerp Zoo study collection to be transported for the Birds of Paradise expo at MoMu Antwerp, Photo: Monica Ho, Shot with Pentax K-01

Our feathery friends arrived safely and are ready to be set up in the exhibition!

(Text Monica Ho)

Exhibition, Press&PR

Teaser Birds of Paradise

Teaser BIRDS OF PARADISE Plumes & Feathers in Fashion at MoMu from MoMu Fashion Museum Antwerp on Vimeo.

Check out our teaser video of the upcoming Birds of Paradise expo featuring iconic silhouettes by ao Ann Demeulemeester, Thierry Mugler, Lanvin, Dries Van Noten, Dior, Prada,… and many more!

Event, Exhibition, Press&PR

50 Years Antwerp Fashion at Isetan Tokyo

MoMu Antwerp installation 50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department at Isetan Tokyo

MoMu Antwerp installation 50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department at Isetan Tokyo

MoMu Antwerp installation 50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department at Isetan Tokyo

MoMu Antwerp installation 50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department at Isetan Tokyo

Konichiwa!

Japan’s most influential department store Isetan invited MoMu for an installation on 50 years Antwerp Fashion Department.

Silhouettes by Koji Arai, Mikio Sakabe, Yuima Nakazato and Kanya Miki at MoMu Antwerp installation 50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department at Isetan Tokyo

Silhouettes by Koji Arai, Mikio Sakabe, Yuima Nakazato and Kanya Miki at MoMu Antwerp installation 50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department at Isetan Tokyo

MoMu presents the unique identity of Antwerp fashion with a selection of archive pictures and videos, the miniature mannequin dolls of the graduation silhouettes of the Antwerp Six+1 (Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Van Saene, Marina Yee, Dirk Bikkembergs and Martin Margiela), original graphic material from past graduates and graduation silhouettes by a selection of noteworthy Japanese graduates such as Mikio Sakabe, Yuima Nakazato, Koji Arai and Kanya Miki.

Miniature graduation silhouette of Dries Van Noten at MoMu Antwerp installation 50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department at Isetan Tokyo

Miniature graduation silhouette of Dries Van Noten at MoMu Antwerp installation 50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department at Isetan Tokyo

Graphic material of graduates of the Antwerp Fashion Department at MoMu Antwerp installation 50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department at Isetan Tokyo

Graphic material of graduates of the Antwerp Fashion Department at MoMu Antwerp installation 50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department at Isetan Tokyo

Drawing by Angelo Figus at MoMu Antwerp installation 50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department at Isetan Tokyo

Drawing by Angelo Figus at MoMu Antwerp installation 50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department at Isetan Tokyo

The installation is supported by Flanders Center and is part of the one year celebration of Isetan’s renovated fashion store floors. On view until March 11th from 10AM until 8PM at Isetan Shinjuku (3rd floor).

MoMu Antwerp installation 50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department at Isetan Tokyo

MoMu Antwerp installation 50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department at Isetan Tokyo

Exhibition

From March 20th, Birds of Paradise in MoMu

Alexander McQueen, Fall 2009, Photo: François Nars, Graphic Design: Paul Boudens

Alexander McQueen, Fall 2009, Photo: François Nars, Graphic Design: Paul Boudens

The exhibition Birds of Paradise – Feathers and Plumes in Fashion is an ode to the elegance and refinement of the application of plumes and feathers in fashion and haute couture.

Folding fan, mount in ostrich feathers dyed in degrade, tortoiseshell sticks decorated with a crown and arms in platinum, diamonds, rubies and enamel, 1928, Altenloh E&R jewelers, Brussels, Former collection Queen Astrid of Belgium, Royal Collections Palace of Brussels SA.1935.0088, Photo: Stephen Mattues.

Folding fan, mount in ostrich feathers dyed in degrade, tortoiseshell sticks decorated with a crown and arms in platinum, diamonds, rubies and enamel, 1928, Altenloh E&R jewelers, Brussels, Former collection Queen Astrid of Belgium, Royal Collections Palace of Brussels SA.1935.0088, Photo: Stephen Mattues.

19th-century accessories and belle époque garments showcase the refined elegance of the changing fashions at the end of the 19th century, emphasizing ostrich, pheasant and marabou feathers. The roaring twenties were the true heydays of garment feathers, as they were used in accessories such as boas and hats for flappers. Gabrielle Chanel also used feathers for her motifs and in the embroidery for her creations and film costumes. Marlène Dietrich‘s iconic swan’s down coat is a masterpiece: it is the crowning jewel of the theme of black and white swan in evening dress.

Ann Demeulemeester, A/W 2010-2011, Photo: Dan Lecca

Ann Demeulemeester, A/W 2010-2011, Photo: Dan Lecca

In contemporary fashion, the work of Belgian designer Ann Demeulemeester counts as one of the most poetic examples of the use of feathers. The dramatic quality of the work of British designer Alexander McQueen is often expressed through the use of highly graphic feathers. Cristóbal Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Coco Chanel all have their own specific relationship with feathers and plumes. These days, feathers are again all the rage on the catwalk, both in creations of Belgian as well as international fashion designers.

Quell, detail, mixed media with dove and pigeon feathers, Kate McGwire, 2011, Photo: Tessa Angus.

Quell, detail, mixed media with dove and pigeon feathers, Kate McGwire, 2011, Photo: Tessa Angus.

MoMu also invited the renowned British artist Kate MccGwire. MccGwire primarily works with feathers from pigeons, a type of bird that, today, generally conjures up negative and dull connotations. Yet the labour-intensive nature of her work, which is characterised by organic forms, variations in scale and a high degree of tenderness and precision, succeeds in transcending the ordinary qualities of this bird. She describes her practice as the discovery and reinforcement of beauty in the unconventional.

BIRDS OF PARADISE – Plumes & Feathers in Fashion
20/03 > 24/08/2014
MoMu Fashion Museum Antwerp | Nationalestraat 28 | BE-2000 Antwerp
#momuantwerp
Tues-Sun, 10AM until 6PM, closed on Mon
Tickets: €8,00 / €6,00 / €3,00 (18>26) / free (-18)

Exhibition, Press&PR

HBDA exhibition guestbook

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Everybody loves compliments and so do we!
Every MoMu-exhibition comes with a guestbook for the visitors, and the most recent one is a real thing of beauty. A guestbook is an ideal tool for the visitors to express their opinion in a short and often anonymous way. While some of the comments have the literary quality of an awkward drunk dial, others contain eloquence worthy of a Nobel Prize. And it’s not all words; some visitors left us with a graphic jewel as well!

Since Happy Birthday Dear Academie – 50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department is sadly coming to an end, we’ve rounded up a selection of the best comments for you to enjoy, just as much as we did.

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Press&PR

Happy Valentine from MoMu!

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Press&PR

Antwerp into the top 10 fashion capitals of the world!

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Antwerp has made it into the top 10 fashion capitals of the world! Having moved up two places compared to 2012, Antwerp is now no. 9. So what is it about Antwerp that makes it a leading fashion city? (source: Global Language Monitor)

Global Language Monitor attributes Antwerp’s top position to the success of the Antwerp 6 that still resonates into the 21st century. According to the Financial Times Antwerp’s rise supports the idea that consumers like “the nice and idiosyncratic”.

Kaat Debo, director of the MoMu, points out the success of even more recent graduates of the Antwerp Fashion Academy. And last but not least, with its very own fashion museum, Antwerp can compete with cities like Paris, New York and London.

So what do you think makes Antwerp a fashion city?

Exhibition

HBDA TOTE BAGS GIVE AWAY

Happy Birthday Dear Academie at MoMu - Fashion Museum Antwerp tote bags

Happy Birthday Dear Academie at MoMu – Fashion Museum Antwerp tote bags, Photo: Monica Ho, Shot with Pentax K-01

The ‘Happy Birthday Dear Academie’ exhibition is coming to an end but as a last treat MoMu has an offer you simply cannot refuse!
We are giving away 50x ‘Happy Birthday Dear Academie’ tote bags! All you have to do is go to our Facebook page, share the giveaway status and you might be one of the lucky winners who gets to walk away with this amazing tote bag! The winners will be announced on Facebook February 15th.