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Fashion 2.021

The Museum

MoMu houses the largest collection of contemporary Belgian fashion in the world and stands out with its immersive fashion exhibitions.

Museum

In 2002 MoMu presented its first exhibition in the historical ModeNatie building on the Nationalestraat. Since then, Mom has presented two temporary exhibitions every year. Smaller exhibitions and installations are presented in the gallery on the ground floor.

MoMu exhibitions are characterized by their immersive scenography. As a visitor, you not only see the exhibits, you also are immersed in the world of the designer or the theme. The exhibition space is completely transformed for every exhibition, making each visit a unique experience.

  • "Olivier Theyskens - She walks in beauty" in 2017-2018
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    MoMu Antwerp | Stany Dederen
  • "Rik Wouters & the private utopia" in 2016-2017
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    MoMu Antwerp | Stany Dederen
  • "Game Changers. Reinventing the 20th century silhouette" in 2016
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    MoMu Antwerp | Stany Dederen
  • "Footprint. The track of shoes in fashion" in 2015-2016
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    MoMu Antwerp | Koen De Waal
  • "Dries Van Noten. Inspriations" in 2015
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    MoMu Antwerp | Koen De Wael
  • "Dries Van Noten. Inspirations" in 2015
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    MoMu Antwerp | Koen De Wael
  • ""Birds of Paradise. Plumes and Feathers in Fashion" in 2014
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    MoMu Antwerp | Boy Kortekaas
  • "Happy Birthday Dear Academie. 50 years Fashion Department" in 2013-2014
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    MoMu Antwerp | Boy Kortekaas
  • "Walter Van Beirendonck: Dream the World Awake" in 2011-2012
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    MoMu Antwerp | Ronald Stoops
  • "Unravel. Knitwear in fashion" in 2011
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    MoMu Antwerp | Frederik Vercruysse
  • "Stephen Jones. The accent of fashion" in 2010-2011
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    MoMu Antwerp |Frederik Vercruyse
  • "Maison Martin Margiela '20' the exhibition" in 2008-2009
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    MoMu Antwerp | Ronald Stoops
  • "Bernhard Willhelm: het totaal rappel" in 2007-2008
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    MoMu Antwerp | Ronald Stoops
  • "Dreamshop: Yohji Yamamoto" in 2006
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    MoMu Antwerp | Ronald Stoops
  • "Malign Muses: When Fashion Turns Back" in 2004-2005
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    MoMu Antwerp | Ronald Stoops
  • "GenovanversaeviceversA" in 2003-2004
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    MoMu Antwerp | Jacques Sonk
  • "Selection 1: Achter de Schermen" in 2002
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    MoMu Antwerp | Koen De Waal

As of 2021, roughly 800m² of additional public exhibition space will be created, including a large, multi-purpose space and a permanent exhibition hall for the permanent collection. These will ensure that visitors can also visit MoMu while thematic exhibitions are being changed, and that during peak times we can simultaneously display three different fashion stories in the 2,000 m². There will be an auditorium with a retractable stage enabling us to put on more readings, conferences and Q&A sessions. Read more about the renovations here.

Mission & Vision

Cultivating curiosity about fashion, making it more accessible to all.

Fashion is more than clothing, and more than “fashion”. It’s a prism to look at the world from different angles. One of the roles of a contemporary fashion museum is to push the meaning of the term “fashion” and move beyond the canonized narratives of fashion history. People need a place where fashion is subject to reflection and criticism. A haven to calmly observe the philosophy and dynamics behind fashion, its history and its future. A place to explore what fashion is, and what it does to us.

Collection

The collection consists of clothing, accessories, and textiles, as well as more unexpected pieces such as tools, machines for textile production, patterns, and fashion show invitations.

MoMu's collection policy focuses on the work of Belgian designers and alumni of the Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Prominent names from the contemporary international fashion world are also represented in the collection.

The collection grows every year through acquisitions, loans, and numerous donations, and now consists of over 35,000 pieces. This makes the MoMu collection the largest and most important collection of contemporary Belgian fashion in the world. The museum continually receives international loan requests for pieces from its designer collection.

MoMu's historical collection of Western European costume and textile is a continuation of the collection of the former Costume and Textile Museum Vrieselhof.

In 2011, the historical collection was enlarged with an important acquisition. Over 2,000 objects from the 18th, 19th, and first half of the 20th century were acquired from the private collection of Ms. Jacoba de Jonge, complementing the existing MoMu collection.

In addition to the fashion and costume collection, the museum also houses a vast library collection. The MoMu library is an academic library for historical and contemporary fashion, textiles, and ethnic costume. With over 15,000 books, an archive full of valuable reference works, hundreds of contemporary and historical magazines, and a fast-growing digital database of images, the MoMu library is one of the top in its field worldwide.

Study Collection

In 2017, the study collection was added to the museum's collection. The study collection is a separate collection intended to teach visitors about fashion by allowing them to study objects up close. The study collection can be used for academic research, as teaching material, or for inspiration. It will be able for consultation from Autumn 2021.

The study collection comprises historical, contemporary and ethnic clothing, fragments and samples. This more accessible collection consists of a donation by Ms. Jacoba de Jonge, a long-term loan from the Department of Conservation-Restoration at the University of Antwerp and pieces from MoMu.

Architecture

MoMu will reopen during the weekend of 4 and 5 September 2021. Exciting times, not least for the team from B-architecten, the renowned Belgian architectural firm that was responsible for the renovation.

History

The architecture of the museum today dates back to early 2000s when famous Ghent architect, Marie-José Van Hee, gave the building a new dynamic, and also a new public area for the city, after a radical renovation.

All exhibitions

Read more about the current extramural exhibitions or be inspired by MoMu's exhibition archive (2002-Now).

Donating a piece

Do you wish to donate a piece to the MoMu collection? Send an email with photos of the piece and a description. A MoMu team member will contact you shortly.

MoMu is closed for renovations, open to inspire at other locations. Read more about it.