Skip to content


Start Date 02 April 2016
End Date 11 September 2016
Venue Modemuseum
Location Hasselt, Belgium
Curator Filep Motwary
Designer Lien Wauters
Design: Brusatto
Project coordinator: Kenneth Ramaekers
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins and elephant's head
exhibition mannequins
exhibition mannequins
exhibition mannequins
exhibition mannequins
exhibition mannequins
exhibition mannequins
exhibition mannequins
exhibition mannequins

 From April 2 to September 11, 2016, Fashion Museum Hasselt presented ‘Haute-à-Porter’, curated by internationally respected fashion designer, journalist and photographer Filep Motwary .

Haute couture invariably evokes concepts such as craftsmanship, luxury, extravagance and spectacle. But, aren’t these just as features of ready-to-wear today? The exhibition took a closer look at this issue and explored the changing relationship and cross-fertilization between haute couture and ready-to-wear.

Using different themes and a spectacular selection of silhouettes and accessories from top designers and fashion houses, the exhibition zoomed in on the influence of couture on contemporary fashion. Complemented by photography, film, art and music, Haute-à-Porter offers an original look at the fashion industry of the past 30 years. 

This is what Vogue France wrote about the expo:

” Fashion Forward ” au musée des Arts Décoratifs à Paris et ” Manus x Machina ” au Metropolitan Museum of Art de New York, ” Haute-à-Porter ” au Fashion Museum d’Hasselt and Belgique vient compléter ce trio de tête des expositions fashion à ne pas manquer en 2016.

Haute-à-Porter was thus one of the three ‘Must visit’ exhibitions of 2016 according to Vogue.

Curator: Filep Motwary

Project coordinator: Kenneth Ramaekers

Scenography: Lien Wauters

Design: Brusatto

Participating houses and designers: Dior, Chanel, Erdem, Kenzo, Burberry, John Galliano, Lanvin, Rochas, Balmain, Nina Ricci, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Prada, Dries Van Noten, Christian Lacroix, Delpozo, Jil Sander, Viktor & Rolf , Thierry Mugler, Anna Molinari, Comme des Garçons, Giambattista Valli, Alberta Ferretti, Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens, Blumarine, Undercover, Giles, Thom Browne, Marios Schwab, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, Anrealage, Schiaparelli, Jean Paul Gaultier, AF Vandevorst, Olivier Theyskens, Gucci, Iris Van Herpen, Stephen Jones, Alexis Mabille, Sacai, Herve L. Leroux …

Photography and Art work: Miles Aldridge, Nagi Sakai, Luigi and Iango, Peter Lindbergh, Charles Fréger, Francesco Brigida, Emma Summerton, Mikael Jansson, Erik Madigan Heck, Matthias Vriens McGrath, René Habermacher, Michael Thompson, Fabien Baron, Thanassis Krikis, David Dunan, François Berthoud, Krishna Godhead, Sheila Metzner, Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello, Michal Pudelka, Ali Mahdavi, Txema Yeste, Daniel Jackson, Kevin Tachman, Iris Van Dongen, Koen Vanmechelen, Giampaolo Sgura, Sebastian Kim, Bill Georgoussis, Tim Richardson, Matthew Brookes …

Films by: Alison Chernick, Justin Westover, and from Visionaire: Marco Adamo Graziosi & Maria Host, Stylianos Pangalos, Paris Kain …

Thanks to: Centraal Museum Utrecht, Groninger Museum, MoMu Antwerp , Hedwig Snoeckx (Zephyr’s Lodge), Hugo and Carla Brown Collection, Koen Vanmechelen, René Habermacher, Ola Rudnicka, Panos Papandrianos, Yannis Siskos, Thibault Della Gaspera, Sebastien Meulenberg, Karim Nuyttens, Dimitris Regas, and others

With special thanks to: City of Hasselt, College of Mayor and Aldermen, vzw The Friends of the Fashion Museum, Employees Fashion Museum Hasselt, Employees Central Workshops City of Hasselt, Volunteers vzw The Friends of the Fashion Museum

Photography: Kristof Vrancken

Photo credits © Kristof Vrancken