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This blog features posts from the various departments at the MoMu Fashion Museum Antwerp who share their insights on the Museum's working, exhibitions and projects. MoMu is located in the centre of the Antwerp fashion district. Every year, the museum organises two thematic exhibitions, along with workshops, guided tours,...
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MoMu visitors survey

The students of the Karel de Grote-Hogeschool are currently performing a study on our visitors. You can help them by filling out the survey in English or in Dutch!

Antwerp Icons 6 more days!

6 more days to enjoy the Antwerp Icons in the city centre!

Kids at MoMu

The children of the third grade at the SIBLO Bijenkorf school in Antwerp made these collages for MoMu!
We’re happy to welcome these great designers of the future!

HAPPY 2014

Best wishes for 2014 from the team of MoMu!

Antwerp Icons containers

Be sure to spot the Antwerp Icons throughout the Antwerp city centre while doing your last-minute shopping! Check out the installation of the containers in this video!

Reading for success

For everyone whose life ambition is a successful career in fashion, the library has two new books that can guide you to your dream fashion-career.Alongside this synoptic start-up guide, you can expand your knowledge with the fifth edition of The World of Fashion. This extensive book is an essential resource for students seeking to understand the fashion industry. This editions starts with an introduction to fashion’s history and its evolving role within the global marketplace accompanied by vivid color pictures. To follow the current trends, an interesting and unique aspect to this edition are new chapters like “Sustainable Fashion: An Eco-Friendly Movement”.
Jay Diamond, Ellen Diamond, ‘The World of Fashion’, Fairchild Books NY, 2013.


MoMu’s director Kaat Debo talks to the iconic store Joyce Hong Kong during the preparations of the 50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department exhibition. More here.

Power & Style meets David Bowie

For centuries, man has used clothes and other adornments to indicate status, wealth and position. These are the first lines of the back description of the new book Power & Style, a world history of politics and dress by Dominique and François Gaulme. This book is now available at the MoMu Library and explores fashion’s role in distinguishing those with authority and influence in societies throughout the ages – from the naked societies to Beau Brummel, Napoleon as well Mao and ending at the day of tomorrow.

At the other spectrum there’s the book David Bowie Is from the eponymous V&A exposition. Like the people with status in Power & Style, David Bowie’s style left an indelible stamp on the look, the style, the sound and the attitudes of his time. This book gives access to the David Bowie archive of performance costume, ephemera and original artwork by the artist, including costumes of Kensai Yamamoto and Alexander McQueen.

Dominique Gaulme, François Gaulme, ‘Power & Style, a world history of politics and dress’, Flamarion, Paris, 2012
Victoria Broackes, Geoffrey Marsh, ‘David Bowie Is’, V&A Publishing, London, 2013.

1930s Fashion The Definitive Sourcebook

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 luxurious evening gowns to their American customer base, whereas in Europe the design became more focused on practicality and comfort. The beautiful glamour shots and fashion plates show that the 1930s are so much more than just the decade between the Jazz Age of the 1920s and WW2.

Mom, why are you wearing my dress?

Do you know the phenomenon of your mother liking to wear your clothes?

Throughout history certain forms and styles of dresses have been deemed appropriate – or more significantly, inappropriate – for people as they age. Recently this trending-topic has been subject of many programs and opinions on television and internet.
In her new, smart and entertaining book, Julia Twigg explains how it is that many more women of a certain age are finally dressing without pain and gives the reader a fresh view on this topic of Fashion and Age based on cross-cultural studies and investigations. Focusing her research on feminism, this ground-braking study is the first to systematically explore the links between clothing and age on a balance of empirical, historical and theoretical perspectives in the form of an absorbing and Imaginative book.

Another cross-cultural study that stand-alone in it’s field and now is available in the library, is the new book and investigation ‘Fashion and Art’, edited by Adam Geczy and Vicki Karaminas.

Text by Lize Römer

SCIENCE DAY/Sunday November 24th 2013

The Science Day is a chance for Flemish Universities, Institutes of Science or Companies to discuss and reflect current developments in Science by hosting various workshops and exhibitions.

MoMu takes part in the Science Day 2013 by presenting the wondrous technique of 3D printing in fashion.
This up coming theme seems to become more and more present in our daily lives. Not only modern technique or medicine will profit from the recent invention of 3D printing.
Different web sides, e.g., offer people to print out their own designs and to help realising them their visions and ideas to become real.
As well in fashion, 3D printing is counted as an exciting method for designers to print out visions, they before could only dream of.
Fashion designers, like Iris van Herpen and Pierre Renaoux are counted as fashion pioneers including 3D printing within their collections.
Experience more about the technique of 3D printing and get in touch with magical high fashion designs-
@MoMu Library, on Sunday, November 24th 2013, open from 10AM until 6PM and free entrance to the exhibition 50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department!

Text by Marie-Therese Allmayer-Beck

Christmas holidays workshops

During the most merrily holidays of the year MoMu again invites all children (7 – 12 years) for a selection of creative workshops.

“When I grow up I want to be a fashion designer” – In this workshop for children from 7 to 9 years old, they will give form to their fantasy like real designers. See how fashion students learn everything as they do in the Fashion Department and make your own first design!
When? Tuesday December 27th 2013 from 10AM until 4PM

“Working with felt” – For children from 10 to 12 years old, this workshop focusses on felt, one of the most favorite materials of the fashion designer Angelo Figus, graduate from the Antwerp Fashion Department. Get acquainted with the material and make your own unique jewelry creation out of felt to match the silhouette of Angelo Figus.
When? Friday January 3rd 2013 from 10AM until 4PM

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Reseravtions:, T: +32 3 338 95 56