E/MOTION. Fashion in Transition

Opening exhibition 'E/MOTION. Fashion in transition'

'E/MOTION. Fashion in Transition’ explores the way in which fashion is an expression of emotion, fear and desire in society: fashion is both ‘emotion’ and ‘in motion’.

Visitor information

  • Opening hours

    Tue - Sun: 10 AM - 6 PM

  • Pricing

    Adult: € 12
    Young adult between 18 - 25 years: € 5
    - 18 years: free entrance

  • Tickets

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Description of the exhibition

With this exhibition, MoMu looks back on events from the past three decades and asks questions about how fashion can reinvent itself as an industry, as well as the role that fashion designers can play in the future.

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Through themes such as the female body, 9/11, identity and surveillance the exhibition looks at how fashion can expose and even anticipate the different emotions running through society. Fashion sits at the very centre of contemporary life, and artists and designers play leading roles in constructing images and meaning in times of fundamental and systemic change. Fashion was in constant dialogue with, and even predicted, different crises and transitions. Like no other medium, fashion can magnify the raw emotions within society. Understanding fashion is a way to understand, and even articulate, both the hopeful and uncomfortable truths of the world. ‘E/MOTION’ looks at the way fashion has been a visual signifier of contemporary instabilities, concerns and emotions.

  • BLACK LIVES MATTER. June 2nd, 2020
    Sho Shibuya, photo: Henry Hargreaves
  • 2/3
    Sho Shibuya, photo: Henry Hargreaves
  • SUNRISE FROM A SMALL WINDOW. October 7th, 2020
    Sho Shibuya, photo: Henry Hargreaves

The exhibition is divided into chapters that function as portals through which social, political and psychological change is explored. All objects – an assemblage of fashion silhouettes, artworks, photography, video and documentation – are presented as symbols, icons or metaphors of their time. Sometimes they offer insights into critically dark truths about the world, whilst others provide humorous portrayals on what it is like to live in the world today.

Walter Van Beirendonck, S/S 2002
Ronald Stoops

The exhibition wants to inspire and ask questions about the reinvention of fashion as an industry and the future role of designers and artists. Above all else, ‘E/MOTION. Fashion in Transition’, is a story about our dire need for emotion. Fashion is emotion and in motion.

  • Raf Simons, A/W 2018-2019
    Stany Dederen
  • Marine Serre, A/W 2020-2021
    Stany Dederen
  • Molly Goddard, A/W 2019-2020
    Stany Dederen
  • Minju Kim, A/W 2020-2021
    Stany Dederen
  • Ann Demeulemeester, S/S 1998
    Stany Dederen

The exhibition includes work by, amongst others Helmut Lang, Walter Van Beirendonck, Alexander McQueen, Martin Margiela, Hussein Chalayan, John Galliano, Raf Simons, Versace, Phoebe Philo, Demna Gvasalia, Molly Goddard, Simone Rocha, BOTTER, Pyer Moss, Minju Kim, Kenneth Ize, Ester Manas, Supriya Lele, Marine Serre, Jenny Holzer, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nick Knight, Cindy Sherman, Sho Shibuya, Steven Meisel, Jackie Nickerson, David Sims, Juergen Teller, Barbara Kruger,…

On the occasion of the exhibition the book ‘E/MOTION. Fashion in Transition’ published by Lannoo, available from September 4, 2021.

Exhibition under the lead of
Curators: Kaat Debo, Elisa De Wyngaert
Exhibition design: Jan Versweyveld in collaboration with HuismanvanMerode

More MoMu exhibitions on view

Besides 'E/MOTION - Fashion in Transition', MoMu offers two other exhibition that will be on view during the reopening: 'P.LACE.S - Looking through Antwerp Lace' and 'Collection presentation - Fashion from the MoMu Collection'