Tag Archives: Fashion history

1930s Fashion The Definitive Sourcebook

1930s: The book on the 1930s sheds light on the more mature femininity of the decade as translated by new silhouettes. The glamour of the Technicolor cinema and Hollywood starlets is translated in a figure-hugging silhouette that shows no signs of the upcoming austerity around the world. Until the late 1930s, European couture houses sold […]

Mary Prijot and the Antwerp Fashion Department

During the turbulent 1960s, the fashion and theatre costume department of the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts was founded by the then Academy director Mark Macken. He appoints Mary Prijot, pianist and artist, as the head of the new department. Under her leadership the department of decorative and fashion drawing develops into a fully-fledged […]

Joyeux Anniversaire from Jean Paul Gaultier

The presence of Jean Paul Gaultier among the jury of the Golden Spindle in 1983 gave this bygone competition an international aura, and his admiration for the talent he saw gave national fashion a tremendous confidence boost. For the catalogue ‘Fashion Antwerp Academy 50′ published by Lannoo on the occasion of the Happy Birthday Dear […]

1920s Fashion The Definitive Sourcebook

The MoMu library just received 3 beautiful books written and edited by Charlotte Fiell and Emmanuelle Dirix: three ‘Definitive Sourcebooks’ on 1920s, 1930s and 1940s fashion. Emmanuelle Dirix is a long-time collaborator, researcher and curator for MoMu and teaches fashion history in London (LCF, CSM) as well as at Antwerp’s fashion department. The three books […]


MOMU3 X BULO by Frederik Heyman and Wout Bosschaert from MoMu Fashion Museum Antwerp on Vimeo. For MOMU3 X BULO, MoMu invited visual artist Frederik Heyman to work on the MoMu collection, in a way that transcends the static character of a traditional exhibition. For MOMU3, Heyman creates, in collaboration with graphic artist Wout Bosschaert, […]

Queens of the North Sea

At the start of the 20th century, during the Belle Epoque, Belgium’s seaside town Ostend was at its height as a fashionable European summer destination for the bourgeois families. New fashions were being bought and showed during the social activities, such as the races and golf tournaments, during the summer season. The role of Ostend […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]