The study collection Chris D’Hondt
This collection is used since 1994 at the University of Antwerp during the practical courses of textile conservation. The diversity and variety in materials and patterns make this collection most interesting. The collection was donated by the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in New York in 1994. Since then it has been used by students textile conservation to practice the art of pattern taking and presentation, preservation and conservation techniques. Its content consists mainly of Western clothing from the 2nd part of the 20th century and traditional and ethnical clothing from all over the world with, for example, a large collection of kimono’s. Some 300 pieces were selected to be included in the MoMu study collection.
The MoMu-study collection
Jacoba De Jonge, who collected historical costumes and accessories throughout almost all of her life, gave the largest part of her collection to MoMu. After 50 years she was in possession of a large collection of mainly 18th and 19th century clothing and accessories for men, women and children. MoMu acquired a large part of this collection in 2012, to complete its own historical collection. Next to this “main” collection, Jacoba De Jonge had provided for herself a study collection, which she used during workshops. This smaller collection consisted of a few dresses, blouses and bonnets, and a large collection of samples of fabrics, laces, embroideries, etc. This study collection was given to MoMu with the aim to be used for educational and study purposes. So it happened that this collection became the start of the development of a larger study collection that would be available for, and could be consulted by, everyone who has an interest in fashion, fabrics and other textile related techniques.
To enlarge the study collection, and to provide a wider range of different type of objects, MoMu engaged in collaboration with the University of Antwerp.
Soon, MoMu will start with a new project to bring part of the collection closer to its visitors. This will happen by introducing a study collection of fashion and textile items. This study collection consists of about 850 objects that can be consulted in the reading room of the library. A wide range of items will be at present to hopefully answer many of your questions concerning patterns, fabrics and techniques.
Both study collections can be consulted online via this link or Europeana Fashion