As befits a city committed to the pursuit of high fashion, sophisticated Antwerp has a museum dedicated to the study of designer clothing. Affectionately known as MoMu, the collections of the ModeMuseum are housed in a former 19th-century department store that has been gutted and renovated with light-filled galleries on several floors. Right in the heart of the city’s high-end shopping district, the museum has a repository of more than 25,000 pieces of fashion history from which to draw and stages two major exhibitions each year, which see garments, hats and shoes all artfully displayed behind glass. Recent temporary exhibitions have included retrospectives of Antwerp designer Dries van Noten, and ‘FootPrint’, an homage to the changing shape of shoes down the centuries. The museum is run in conjunction with Antwerp’s prestigious fashion school and combines with a fashion library, bookshop and public reading room, as well as hosting a series of workshops and lectures on Belgian fashion.
Nationalestraat 28, Antwerp. Open Tue–Sun 10am–6pm (until 9pm every first Thur of month). Admission adults €8; seniors €6; students aged 19–26 €3, under 18s free. Take tram 4 to Groenplaats.