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Prints! in Fashion and Costume History

Start Date 25 June 2011
End Date 08 January 2012
Venue ModeMuseum
Location Hasselt, Belgium
Two dresses and a coat are worn on three white tailor's dummy's in front of a wall with varying print patterns. More dresses are on display in the background.
Two rows of women's outfits are worn on mannequins. In between is a row of outfits suspended in the air.

The Fashion Museum Hasselt presented historical costumes as well as contemporary high fashion de- sign in the exhibition Prints! Motifs in Costume & Fashion History (1750-2000).

The show illustrated different phases in the use of certain motifs, emphasized through important histo- rical socio-economic and technological innovations and changes. These changes are strongly reflected in fashion.

Textile printing is a decorative art form used for  both interior decoration and clothing. The varieties of mo- tifs often reflect a given period’s collective  taste and zeitgeist. Textile printing is also a complex industrial process and as such depends on innovation, mecha- nisation, research and  technological progress.

With Hermès, Emilio Pucci, Versace, Marimekko, Leonard, Dries Van Noten, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jean Charles de Castelbajac and loans from Musée de l’impression sur étoffes (Mulhouse), Musée de la Toile de Jouy (Jouy-en-Josas), Royal Museum for Art and History (Brussels), Musée de la Vie Wallonne (Luik), Modemuseum Antwerp, Gemeentemuseum The Hague en Centraal Museum Utrecht.