Tag Archives: Couture in Colour

Finished drawing by Brecht Vandenbroucke

Here are some snapshots of the finished drawing which was coloured by the more then 3.000 people we welcomed last Saturday for Museum Night! Thank you Brecht! And thanks to everyone that left their mark on the drawing!

Colour me at MoMu Museumnight!

For Museum Night this Saturday we asked Belgian illustrator Brecht Vandenbroucke to make blank drawing which can be coloured by our visitors. The 6 meter drawing has been set up in our hall by Asap and is inspired by our current Silks & Prints exhibition. You can recognize our MoMu building, several motifs and patterns […]

MuseumNight at MoMu

On August 3rd, museum lovers can once again prowl around Antwerp’s museums during Antwerp Museum Night. They will present their permanent collections and exhibitions but there are also a lot of fun extras including storytelling, a Human Jukebox, film, music, song and dance, mini concerts and performances. MoMu is taking part in this year’s Museum […]

Abraham photo studio

The Abraham Archive also houses 2,600 fashion plates. These tell us not only which couturiers worked with Abraham fabrics, but also what they did with them. What the plates also illustrate is how fashion photography, images of women, and ideals of beauty changed over the years. The collection begins with black-and-white plates showing the extremely […]

Abraham in black and white

Black and white must be the most popular colour combination of all time. The interaction of positive and negative, the alternating dominance of black and white, the simplicity — the variety is astounding. Dots, circles, loops, and knotted lines are among the motifs that recur over the decades.

Swatchbooks from Lyon

The swatchbooks featured in the exhibition ‘Silks & Prints from the Abraham Archive – Couture in Colour’ were produced in Lyon between 1830 to 1914. There are 227 of them in the Abraham Archive, all of them purchased by Gustav Zumsteg, who gave them a proud place on the company’s bookshelves. Adding them to the […]

Hubert de Givenchy & Abraham

The fashion plates of the winter collection 1956–57, preserved in the Abraham Archive, provide a graphic record of the early days of Hubert de Givenchy’s collaboration with Abraham Ltd. The name of Givenchy, whose great hero and mentor was Cristóbal Balenciaga, has become inextricably linked to two of the women he clothed: Audrey Hepburn and […]

Cristobal Balenciaga & Abraham

Characteristic of Balenciaga’s creations is their sculpted, architectural quality. The perfect material for this was gazar, a crisp, semi-sheer etamine fabric that was a specialty of Abraham Ltd. After struggling to adjust to the emergence of prêt-à-porter and slow but steady decline in the demand for haute couture, Cristóbal Balenciaga closed his fashion house in […]

Abraham Archives, a choice of over 700 fabrics

In 1955, Abraham Ltd. decided that “every season, four meters of each of the most beautiful five to ten articles will be cut off and preserved in a suitable form.” This collection of the most beautiful textiles was referred to inside the company as the ‘Museum’. By 1997, it contained 700 coupons or lengths of […]

Yves Saint Laurent, Abraham and animal prints

Gustav Zumsteg’s first meeting with Yves Saint Laurent, at the funeral of Christian Dior in 1957, marked the beginning of a lifelong friendship. The two men’s business ties also lasted several decades, their unparalleled collaboration benefiting greatly from the fact that they were kindred spirits. Yves Saint Laurent’s last haute couture collection of 2002 coincided […]