Collection

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.

 

 

Uncategorized

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…
Collection

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.

Exhibition, Uncategorized

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.

Library

MoMu Library donating books to Iraqi!

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In an attempt to rebuild Mosul’s (Iraqi) cultural heritage, a campaign is set up to restore the university library and others in the city. The university once housed one of the most extensive collection of literature in the region and was once home of the most precious and valuable manuscripts and rare prints. These manuscripts were destroyed by militant during the occupation of IS in that area.

Since the campaign was launched, 400 books have been received by the city and thousands more are waiting to arrive. To show support, MoMu Library has decided to donate a selection of its publications to Mosul.

Collection

New Acquisition: Walter Van Beirendonck – Staphorst

Walter Van Beirendonck Paris Menswear Spring Summer 2017 June 2016. Photo by Catwalkpictures

Walter Van Beirendonck Paris Menswear Spring Summer 2017 June 2016. Photo by Catwalkpictures

Traditional dress from the Dutch village Staphorst inspired Walter Van Beirendonck’s spring/ summer 2017 collection. The village in the province of Overijssel is widely known for its strongly protestant and introvert community. For the production of the fabrics and some accessories such as buttons Van Beirendonck worked closely together with the local community. The so-called stipwerk, a printed decorative pattern of dots forming larger motives in repetitive rows often in white, blue en black was used for example in a look purchased  by MoMu. The fabric was made by Gerard van Oosten, a stipper who translates the traditional motive into contemporary designs. For Van Beirendonck some of the dots were replaced by the iconic Walter figurine. Apart from Van Beirendonck, other designers such as Bernhard Willhelm and Dirk Van Saene were inspired by this traditional Staphorster dress as well, especially by the decorative patterns and color choices. It might come to you as a surprise that this traditional Staphorster dress, still worn by the several community members, is also very much liable to fashion: wearing the latest fashionable stipwerk is a must!

Traditional dress from the strongly protestant and introvert Dutch village Staphorst inspired Walter Van Beirendonck’s spring/ summer 2017 collection.

Walter Van Beirendonck Paris Menswear Spring Summer 2017 June 2016. Photo by Catwalkpictures

Walter Van Beirendonck Paris Menswear Spring Summer 2017 June 2016. Photo by Catwalkpictures

Exhibition, Workshop

DIY Margiela Sock Sweater

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Margiela created numerous iconic pieces including the infamous sock sweater constructed from military issued socks that reflected his fascination with deconstruction but also celebrates wartime knitting as the ultimate DIY clothing project.

A step-by-step guide to making your own Margiela sock sweater was also featured in A Magazine curated by Maison Martin Margiela in June 2004. For our loyal MoMu fans, we have decided to put the DIY on our blog. No need to thank us.

Afraid you might have a hard time with this DIY? MoMu is organizing a Margiela sock sweater workshop on 19th July for MoMu+Friends where we will help you make the sweater step by step. Join MoMu+Friends and enjoy this workshop and tons of extra fun activities!

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Behind the scenes

Gezocht: MoMu stagiaires!

 

Photo by Dennis Ravays

Photo by Dennis Ravays

STAGIAIRES GEZOCHT! MoMu is op zoek naar gemotiveerde PR-stagiaires voor de periode van 11 september 2017 tot 31 oktober 2017! Samen met onze fantastische MoMu team leid jij onze nieuwe expo in goede banen! Geïnteresseerd en beschikbaar? Stuur ons een mailtje info@momu.be!

Event

In loving memory of Jenny Meirens

Photo: Martin Margiela and Jenny Meirens, embracing at a surprise birthday party for Meirens in 1995. Credits: Anders Edstrom

Photo: Martin Margiela and Jenny Meirens, embracing at a surprise birthday party for Meirens in 1995. Credits: Anders Edstrom

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Jenny Meirens, who sadly passed away this weekend. She will always be remembered as the creative woman who not only made remarkable contributions to the world of fashion but also as the business woman and friend who stood by Margiela’s side as co-founder of Maison Martin Margiela.

Article from Knack 1982/03/17 about Jenny Meirens and her store

Article from Knack 1982/03/17 about Jenny Meirens and her store

Exhibition

60 Seconds on the Expo: Who is Martin Margiela?

Our Margiela, the Hermès years expo tells the story of Martin Margiela who was appointed creative director at Hermès from 1997 to 2003. Alongside his Hermès collections, our expo also explores the relationship during those years between the collections of his own label, Maison Martin Margiela. But who is Margiela actually? Our MoMu director Kaat Debo will give you a brief profile of the man behind Maison Martin Margiela and the man behind our expo Margiela, the Hermès years.

Margiela, the Hermès years until 27th August 2017 at MoMu Antwerp