The Antwerp fashion museum

The MoMu, short for MOde MUseum meaning Fashion Museum is since 2002 located in the center of Antwerp in the building of the Antwerp Fashion Nation. In that same building, there is also the Flanders Fashion Institute, the Antwerp Fashion Academy, and the shop-restaurant Renaissance.

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The building dates from the 19th century when it served as a clothing store named New England, it was a shop for women's and children's clothing. During the 20th century, the building often switched owners until the city of Antwerp decided to buy it and renovate it in 2000.

The MoMu Museum has a collection of more than 25,000 items: clothes, shoes, textiles, accessories, lace. Over the past 10 years, the museum has grown to nearly 7,000 objects. Clothing and accessories are the core of the collection. The remarkable expansion came through acquisitions, but also through donations from individuals, designers and fashion houses, and some long-term loans.