Tag Archives: Inspiration

Bonami for Happy Birthday Dear Academie

The current exhibition Happy Birthday Dear Academie radiates a unique atmosphere, created as well by the custom made ‘mannequin’ dolls exclusively manufactured for the exhibition by the Belgian company BONAMI from Aalter, who are world renowned for their innovative mannequins. By means of four different themes in the exhibition (Arcadia, Nirvana, Desire & Harmony/Protest), gathering […]

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 […]

ASVOFF6 comes to Antwerp in October

For the first time ever, the 6th edition of ASVOFF will visit Antwerp on October 15th and 16th, 2013, after its launch at Centre Pompidou during Paris Fashion Week from October 11th until 13th. Founded in 2008 by the internationally acclaimed fashion critic and video journalist Diane Pernet, A Shaded View on Fashion Film (ASVOFF) […]

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 […]

Variations by the 1st Bachelor students of the Antwerp Fashion Department

It’s that time of the year of the Fashion Department’s graduation shows! Until June 16th you still have the opportunity to admire the dress shape studies by the 1st Bachelor students (2012) from the Antwerp Fashion Department at MoMu Gallery. The freshman year is composed around 3 principle artistic subjects. The most important course is […]

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 […]

For your reading pleasure!

Good news for all you fashion lovers! The MoMu library has upgraded its magazine display and subscribed to seven new fashion magazines. Even though the library already has a lot of subscriptions, the more is always the merrier. Another Magazine, The Gentlewoman, Love Magazine, Numéro, V Magazine, Vestoj, Commons&Sense Magazine and W Magazine are now […]


The sixties and seventies was an era of great optimism which saw the emergence of a new way of looking at the world. Fashion was now an expression of unbridled joie de vivre. Large designs were en vogue and Abraham Ltd. had mastered the art of the blow-up as had no other. gigantic flowers exploded […]

Wikimedia Fashion edit-a-thon in Utrecht

Information on fashion should be accurate, rich and accessible to everyone. Especially on one of the most used websites in the world: Wikipedia. That is why the Europeana Fashion project is working on improving fashion information on Wikipedia and project partner MoMu is making important steps to open up its collection to the world. In […]

Abraham, Christian Dior and roses.

Abraham Ltd. worked with many of the great couturiers. The list of its customers therefore reads like a who’s who in the world of international couture. It was Gustav Zumsteg who in the 1940s made the first tentative contacts with fashion designers, some of whom would become lifelong friends. The four names that are now […]