Yet another belated exhibition review, however still one of the must to write about. This summer we went to Antwerp, the capital of conceptual fashion and diamonds! Of course I could not miss the opportunity to visit their famous fashion museum (MoMu) which happens to be in the same building as fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts – Artesis Hogeschool Antwerp and in the heart of the Antwerp’s fashion district. The building itself is amazing- built in the 19th century, renovated in 2000s by architect Marie-José Van Hee, now became a mixture of old and modern, with huge geometrical open spaces, brown wooden walls and high white ceilings.
Twice a year MoMu presents a new exposition: based on their collection (25,000 pieces), and completed with loaned works, these expositions might tell a designer’s story or focus on a fashion related theme. And the theme this time was ode to the Birds and Feathers called ‘Birds of Paradise. Plumes and Feathers in Fashion’. It is a tribute to the elegance and refinement of plumes and feathers used in the fashion industry. Whereas in the past feathers were generally appreciated for their preciousness and fragility, contemporary designers now see freedom and spirituality in their agility.
The exhibition proposed aspects such as refinement, luxury, freedom, modernism, femininity, lightness, but also themes like lost innocence and dark romance.
However it is now closed (24.08), but hey, don’t be sad if you missed it! I will upload images of the most iconic costumes and sculptures in a sec.!
It was an amazing mixture of accessories, garments and couture dresses, it was hard to select just couple images. But selected ones will include British sculptor Kate McGwire creations; Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton, Spring-Summer 2011; Alexander McQueen, Autumn-Winter 2009-2010; Dress in dyed goose feathers, Marlene Dietrich’s iconic masterpiece swan’s down coat (sad fact that to make this coat 300 swans were killed) by Jean Louis, 1957; Rochas by Olivier Theyskens, Autumn-Winter 2004-2005, Yves Saint Laurent, Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 1996-1997, and few others…
Article and images by Dovilė Bertulytė.