• Runway Archive: Valentino, Ready-to-Wear Winter 1979-1980


    The image captures a moment of fun on the runway of the Valentino winter 1979-1980 collection. The models are wearing two total-black outfits, composed by an two different 'little black dresses', one made of velvet and the other probably of sheer silk, and pointed heels. The two outfit are completed by flamboyant hats and accessories.

  • ‘Margiela: The Hermès Years’ on Europeana Fashion Tumblr


    Hermès A/W 1998-1999. Vareuse in double-faced cashmere, sleeveless high-neck pullover in cashmere, mid-length skirt in Shetland wool and boots in calfskin, ‘Le vêtement comme manière de vivre’ Le Monde d’Hermès, Photo: John Midgley. ‘Margiela, The Hermès Years’, 31st March - 27th August 2017. Image courtesy MoMu - Fashion Museum Antwerp.

    This April, MoMu – Fashion Museum Antwerp curates the Europeana Fashion Fashion Tumblr with the images of its current exhibition ‘Margiela: The Hermès Years’.



    In fashion, names are important: the history of fashion was constructed on the names of the designers who shaped the most iconic silhouettes, or designed the unforgettable items that became symbols of their time. However, this kind of history is guilty of leaving behind some of the names whose role is not to visible, but still invaluably important.

  • Europeana Fashion Focus: Hat designed by Max Heymans, 1950s.


    Hat designed by Max Hyemens, 1950s. Courtesy Amsterdam Museum, all rights reserved.

    The picture shows a cocktail hat designed in the 1950s by Max Heymans, dubbed the ‘godfather’ of Dutch couture.

  • Runway Archive: Vivienne Westwood, Pitti Uomo 38, 1990


    Vivienne Westwood, Pitti Uomo 38, 1990. Courtesy Pitti Immagine, all rights reserved.

    The image shows an outfit designed by Vivienne Westwood for her s/s 1991 collection shown at Pitti Uomo 38. The model wears a white shirt in a loosely weaved fabric under a denim oversized jacket, whose proportions and lines remind of a sixteenth century doublet. In particular, its punched texture recalls the one worn by the Tailor in the infamous painting by Giovan Battista Moroni.

  • Bruno Pieters: Time Conscious


    'Delyth', dress designedby Bruno Pieters, 2004. Courtesy MoMu - Modemuseum Provincie Antwerpen, all rights reserved.

    The influence of time over fashion also concerns its production; even if from a mere economical point of view, time has a big impact on the production costs and the eventual price of a garment.

  • Temporal Meditations: Hussein Chalayan at Pitti Immagine 64


    For the 64th edition of Pitti Immagine Uomo, Hussein Chalayan showed his first men’s collection, developed in collaboration with Pitti Immagine. The designer decided to mark his debut in menswear presenting Temporal Meditation, the first movie he wrote and directed.

  • Runway Archive: Lapidus, Autumn-Winter 1996, Couture


    The picture shows three male models wearing silver raincoats over trousers and jumpers. The raincoats are all the same: sleeveless, with a high collar and a hoodie. The looks are completed by fur-lined gloves and dark sunglasses. Behind the models, who stand in a quasi-militaristic pose, a backdrop with a sketch stands out, showing clearly the name of the brand, Moren Wizard.

  • Exhibition Archaeology: Spectres. When Fashion Turns Back


    The exhibition 'Malign Museus. When Fashion Turns Back' at MoMu - Fashion Museum of the Province of Antwerp, photo by Tim Stoops, 2004. Courtesy MoMu - Modemuseum Provincie Antwerpen, all rights reserved.

    Fashion spans many temporalities. While being projected to the future, it constantly looks back to the past to which it strongly relates. As explained by Walter Benjamin with the image of the ‘tiger’s leap’, fashion interacts with history in many and different ways. Back in 2004, curator and exhibition maker Judith Clark explored this haunting relationship in the exhibition ‘Spectres. When Fashion Turns Back’.

  • “Gianfranco Ferré. Moda, un racconto nei disegni”: Exhibiting the Process and Poetic of Fashion Design


    Silk taffeta and silk velvet cape with topstitching. Silk velvet dress. Alta Moda, Fall/Winter 1988. Pencil, fine black felt-tip pen, colored felt-tip pen on construction paper. Courtesy Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré, all rights reserved.

    From the 21st April, Centro Culturale Santa Maria della Pietà in Cremona, Italy, will host ‘Gianfranco Ferré. Moda, un racconto nei disegni’, an exhibition dedicated to the sketches and drawings by Italian fashion designer Gianfranco Ferré.

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