Blue Jeans at the Centraal Museum Utrecht

Europeana Fashion project partner Centraal Museum in Utrecht is one of the Netherlands’ leading art institutions hosting an impressive dress collection. Ninke Bloemberg, Fashion Curator, and Ykje Wildenborg, Project Coordinator Fashion & Costume department, give a little insight into the museum’s upcoming Blue Jeans exhibition.

By Ninke Bloemberg, Fashion Curator, and Ykje Wildenborg, Project Coordinator Fashion & Costume department at Centraal Museum Utrecht

Quite a few departments of the Centraal Museum are currently joining forces, putting up an exhibition on a fashion item with the most fascinating past: blue jeans.

Denim fabric appears to have been worn by the lower class from the 17th century, as has recently been discovered thanks to paintings from an unknown artist, now known as “The Master of the Blue Jeans”. The exhibition will unfold several early facets of the beloved pants, which youth massively started ripping from the worker’s clothing shop shelves in the 1950s. Ever since, it has developed to become a piece available in all kinds of shapes, finishings and price ranges, worn by almost every age group and numerous subcultures. How people wear them, and how jeans are made is also to be discovered through several unique loans.

The exhibition ‘Blue Jeans’ will be open for visitors from 24 November and will last until 10 March 2013.

Find out more about the Centraal Museum and the Blue Jeans exhibition here.

 

Blue Jeans Centraal Museum Europeana Fashion

The team at Centraal Museum Utrecht preparing the Blue Jeans exhibition

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