Museum and collection
MoMu houses the largest collection of contemporary Belgian fashion in the world and stands out with its immersive fashion exhibitions.
In 2002 MoMu presented its first exhibition in the historical Modenatie building on the Nationalestraat. Since then, MoMu has presented two temporary exhibitions every year. Smaller exhibitions and installations are presented in the gallery on the ground floor.
MoMu exhibitions are characterised by their immersive scenography. As a visitor, you not only see the exhibits, you are also 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.
A MoMu exhibition contains both exhibits from the MoMu collection and objects from the collections or renowned institutions, fashion houses and collectors around the world. Pieces from the MoMu collection also travel worldwide to be presented in international exhibitions.
As of 2020, MoMu will have additional exhibition space for its collection. Visitors will be able to get acquainted with Belgian fashion and discover the inspiring stories of the Antwerp Six and the fashion department of the Royal Academy. What is it that makes Antwerp a fashion city and what exactly is the DNA of Belgian fashion?
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 33,000 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.
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 2018.
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.
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. You can consult the study collection from as of 2021.
Due to the renovation, the library is currently closed. As of Autumn 2018, we will be pleased to welcome you to the reading room of DIVA, the renewed Diamond and Silver Museum at the Suikerrui in Antwerp.
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.
Read more about the current extramural exhibitions or be inspired by MoMu's exhibition archive (2002-2018).