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60 seconds on the expo: the anti-pluie

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14 days and counting!

Photo by Stany Dederen

Photo by Stany Dederen

It’s almost MoMu’s 15th  birthday and today we wanted to celebrate with Ann Salens. Long before the emergence of the Antwerp Six, Salens was the first avant-garde fashion designer in Belgium. Salens did not study fashion design, and created in a twilight zone between art and fashion: between the worlds of the luxurious and the flamboy­antly bohemian.Entirely in line with the spirit of the times, she opened a shop in the Wolstraat in the late 1960s, selling her unique crocheted designs. This dress shows her signature harmonious and intricate colour gradations and is on display in the MoMu Gallery until August 27th!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – 15 Years of MoMu -

Photo by Stany Dederen

Photo by Stany Dederen

15 days and counting…

On Sunday 27th of August, MoMu is celebrating its 15th Birthday, which means we are toasting to 15 years of groundbreaking fashion exhibitions in Antwerp. To count down in style to our celebration, we will be posting 15 highlights from our extensive and diverse collection. We proudly dedicate the first one to Raf Simons. In August 2016, Simons was named the new chief creative officer of Calvin Klein. MoMu houses more than 200 designs by Raf Simons, including this look from the A/W 2016-17 ‘Nightmares and Dreams’ collection. This oversize month-holed high-school sweater shows the passage of time through clothing and symbolizes how clothes can be important carriers of personal memories.

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SCREENING: We Margiela, documentary

film still We Margiela documentary, hands Meirens holding photo group portrait Margiela team

film still We Margiela documentary, hands Meirens holding photo group portrait Margiela team

Martin Margiela managed to stay anonymous during his time as creative director of his own label Maison Martin Margiela. This raised a lot of curiosity among fashion enthusiasts wondering who the master mind was behind the label. For the first time, co-founder Jenny Meirens and members of the creative team that stood at the heart of the house talk extensively about the Maison. Through detailed and intimate interviews the documentary We Margiela offers an unprecedented insight of one of the most influential fashion houses of our time.

To celebrate the release of the documentary, MoMu will screen the unique story at Cinema Zuid on Monday, 23rd October 2017. Tickets are very limited so make sure you order your tickets on time! More info and tickets can be found here

 

Exhibition

Something to be proud of: Belgian fashion & Antwerp Pride

Wim Bruynooghe, A/W 2016-17, Queer Beauty Project. Photo by Kris De Smedt

Wim Bruynooghe, A/W 2016-17, Queer Beauty Project. Photo by Kris De Smedt

Antwerp Pride, Antwerp Queer Arts Festival and MoMu join forces for their first collaboration on the patio of MoMu. From 8th August until 20th August 2017, you can enjoy a series of images of the Antwerp Pride throughout the years and four fashion images around gender by Belgian designers!

The variety of participants, diversity of gender roles and sexuality are a good example of the richness of Pride and also demonstrate that labels are of little use. Belgian fashion designers are just as diverse, but if they have one thing in common, it is their openness when it comes to gender.  Visit the installation for free on the ground floor of MoMu.

Something to be proud of: Belgian fashion & Antwerp Pride 08.08.17 > 20.08.17 

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60 seconds on the expo: The Vareuse

This week MoMu director Kaat Debo will tell you more about the vareuse, a garment with a very deep V-neck. The vareuse was one of the most important basic pieces in Margiela’s collection for Hermès

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New Acquisitions: 15 silhouettes from Dirk Van Saene!

Photo by Stany Dederen

Photo by Stany Dederen

For the exhibition Rik Wouters & the Private Utopia held in MoMu earlier this year Dirk Van Saene selected 15 of his own creations to show in the round space. Shown on turning mannequins they gave a brief but remarkable overview of the oeuvre of one of the famous Antwerp Six,holding all typical characteristics of the designer’s style: the attention for detail and craftsmanship, his love for couture, whimsical but thought through pattern-cutting, and his love for art and painting in particular.

Photo by Stany Dederen

Photo by Stany Dederen

 

MoMu was delighted when Van Saene decided to donate the silhouettes to the museum after closing the exhibition, together with some other pieces shown elsewhere in the exhibition.  These extraordinary pieces are now safely kept in the MoMu storages, being part of MoMu’s precious capital. On a regular basis the Van Saene pieces will be shown to the public in the permanent exhibition to be installed in the new MoMu to be opened in 2020.

 

 

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Museumnacht met Nicole & Hugo!

Foto: Hans Lambrechts

Foto: Hans Lambrechts

Terug van nooit weggeweest – speciaal voor Museumnacht 2017 op zaterdag 5 augustus verzorgen Nicole & Hugo twee korte optredens om 20u15 en 21u45 (telkens 10 minuten) in de MoMu hal voor al hun fans in Antwerpen en ver daarbuiten!
Aansluitend kan je enkele van hun mooiste showbizzoutfits bekijken aan de hand van Antwerpse ontwerpster Ann Salens. Deze opstelling in de MoMu Galerij gaat ook dieper in op hun jarenlange samenwerking en vriendschap.
Nog meer talent van eigen bodem ontdek je in de tentoonstelling Margiela, de Hermès jaren waarin het bijzondere werk van de Belgische ontwerper Martin Margiela voor het Franse luxehuis Hermès centraal staat. Hoewel hij bewust koos voor een leven buiten de schijnwerpers wordt Martin Margiela tot op vandaag internationaal als één van de meest toonaangevend hedendaagse ontwerpers beschouwd. Kom zelf ontdekken waarom…
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New Acquisition: Veronique Branquinho. A Belgian Summertime Story

 

Véronique Branquinho, spring-summer 2017 Paris, France

Véronique Branquinho, spring-summer 2017
Paris, France

Veronique Branquinho’s work plays with duality: Her women come across as both innocent and erotic, playful and severe, mysterious and complex. Belgian designers mainly stem from the North, which means that for them summer collections have a somewhat dual meaning. Belgian summers are characterized by complex alternations of humidity heat waves and gloomy periods of heavy rain: Belgian euphoria and darkness. Branquinho’s dresses for S/S 2017 intriguingly marry these features. The lower part of the dress has a faded 18th-century floral wallpaper print. It represents a nostalgic mood for sunnier days and sunny memories from ones childhood. The top of the dress in black cotton lace represents the much darker reality of spending summers in the North. Branquinho is known for offering a contemporary view on women’s lives and emotions, and here she interpreted the ultimate female uniform for (Northern) Summer.

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60 Seconds on the Expo: Women central

60 SECONDS ON THE EXPO – This week MoMu director Kaat Debo will tell you more about Margiela’s design philosophy and vision. For Hermès, Margiela developed a vision in which the woman is central, not an ideal image of eternal youth, but a real, natural and mature woman.