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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.

The building dates from the 19th century, when it served as a clothing store named 'New England' It was a shop for women and children 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 redesign of the building was done under the watchful eye of the Ghent architect Marie-José Van Hee. Van Hees main achievement was the creation of a covered passage between the two street surrounding the building, the "Nationale Straat" and the "Drukkerijstraat". The architect also built an impressive wooden staircase, which she calls the second vertical passage of the MoMu museum. Both the staircase and the passage are made from Merbau wood.

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.

Some early donations were done by Linda Loppa and Christine Matthijs to kick off MoMu's designer collection. Later the collection was enriched with large donations from Dries Van Noten and Bernhard Willhelm, also with long-term loans, including 100 silhouettes by Walter Van Beirendonck in 2012, several dozen designer shoes and more than 100 hats of the British designer Stephen Jones.

The museum was recently expanded by several hundred pieces by the gift and partial purchase of the collection of historical fashion of the Dutch collector esters Jacoba de Jonge. Together with the earlier collections of the former Textile and Costume Museum Vrieselhof. The MoMu today manages a collection of approximately 25,000 objects that are mostly kept in the museum.

You can find the MoMu museum at this address, Nationalestraat 28 Antwerp.

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