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Dressing the 20th Century / The 20th Century Dressed

Start Date 23 June 2012
End Date 06 January 2013
Venue Modemuseum
Location Hasselt, Belgium
Curator Idea and Composition Kenneth Ramaekers
Designer Michiel van der Bos 
Design: Brusatto
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins

Fashion Museum Hasselt presents with the exhibition ‘Dressing the 20th Century / The 20th Century Dressed.’ Women’s fashion in the century of the designers’ a special selection of top pieces and new acquisitions from the own collection. The exhibition focuses on international movements and highlights, and illustrates the changing discourse of women’s fashion.

The 20th century is characterized by very different fashions that succeed each other at a whirlwind pace: from Orientalism, Roaring Twenties, the elegant 1930s, the new simplicity and New Look to the revolutionary sixties, anti-fashion & ethnic influences, Dress for Success and avant-garde, with an explosion of different fashion styles at the end of the century.

Under the impulse of technology, supply and demand, and cultural and social change, the concept of fashion is given a different meaning. The status of the designer is also redefined. The exclusive atmosphere of Parisian couture at the beginning of the 20th century shifts to an instant global accessibility of fashion via the internet in the nineties. Paris remains the epicenter, but at the same time designer fashion is developing in America, Italy, Great Britain and Japan.

In addition, the exhibition focuses on Limburg designers who had a major influence on the construction of the Belgian fashion identity.

Some names: Gabrielle Chanel, Jacques Fath, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Madame Grès, Maison Worth, Mariano Fortuny, Gianni Versace, Rudi Gernreich, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Junya Watanabe – Comme des Garçons, Emilio Pucci, André Courrèges, Moschino, Issey Miyake, Pierre Balmain, Christian Dior, Jeanne Lanvin, Valentino, Yoshiki Hishinuma, Jacques Heim, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Yohji Yamamoto, Stephen Sprouse, Roberto Cavalli, Zandra Rhodes, Jil Sander, Emanuel Ungaro, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Azzedine Alaïa , Patrick Kelly, Jeanne Paquin, Hanae Mori, Marcel Rochas, John Galliano, Raf Simons, Maison Martin Margiela, Sofie Claes, Dirk Bikkembergs, Ti + Hann, Les Hommes, Stijn Helsen, Marjolijn Van den Heuvel, Kyuso, …

Idea and composition: Kenneth Ramaekers
Production: Fashion Museum Hasselt
Scenography: Michiel van der Bos 
Design: Brusatto

All items on display were from the collection of the Hasselt Fashion Museum

Thanks to:
City of Hasselt
College of mayor and aldermen
Vzw The Friends of the Fashion Museum
Employees Fashion Museum Hasselt
Employees Central Workplaces City of Hasselt
Volunteers vzw De Friends of the Fashion Museum

Image courtesy of Modemuseum, Hasselt, Belgium