Here is a look into the “Masters of Black” Exhibition currently on exhibit in the MoMu (Mode Museum Antwerpen). Dedicated to the use of black in fashion and costume design, the exhibition illustrates the historical significance and the timeline of the colour black, with references to Belgian fine art paintings and sculptures from the 17th century to now.
The show is divided into 22 different sections, spanning the Middle Ages to the present. Until the late 17th century, dyeing fabric black was an arduous and expensive task, and those who could afford to wear it in the Renaissance were considered wealthy and stylish.
The exhibition also explores the textures and the potential of the color black in diverse materials, including fur, leather and lace; drawing masterpiece examples from contemporary designers who, like the city of Antwerp, have a special connection to black. Such as the renown Antwerp Six—graduates from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the early ’80s—Dries Van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dirk Bikkembergs and briefly, the reclusive Martin Margiela; as well as other Belgian designers the likes of Olivier Theyskens, Dirk Van Saene and international couture houses of Givenchy (Riccardo Tisci), Chanel and rapidly rising star Gareth Pugh.
The exhibition BLACK. Masters of Black in Fashion & Costume runs from the 25th of March till the 8th of August 2010 in MoMu, Antwerp,Belgium.