Capturing Fashion in the 20th Century with Frieda Dauphin-Verhees’ Study Collection

After collecting fashion objects for almost her entire life, costume design teacher Frieda Dauphin-Verhees decided to donate a part of her impressive clothing archive to the Antwerp Fashion Museum – MoMu. Through a crowdfunding campaign via, in collaboration with Europeana, MoMu raised the funding to create an educational tool from her collection.


Frieda Dauphin-Verhees is a costume designer who collected clothing and accessories throughout her entire life. Her collection consists of thousands of objects, from dresses from the roaring twenties and skirts from the fifties, to power pumps from the eighties. During Frieda’s career as a costume designer, these pieces inspired her work for theatre and movies. Later in her life, when Frieda taught costume design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, her students researched costume history using her collection. Now that Frieda is no longer teaching, she was looking for a new home for her life’s work and found it in MoMu’s library, as a part of its study collection.

Photo by Monica Ho

Photo by Monica Ho

Frieda partially donated her archive to MoMu so it can continue to inspire and educate people as a hands-on collection. Via the crowdfunding platform Goteo, and with the generous support of Europeana’s match funding program, MoMu raised the necessary funding to integrate Frieda’s pieces into the museum’s study collection and build an educational tool with it, so it can be consulted by students, researchers and designers.

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