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P.LACE.S – Looking through Antwerp lace

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The story of a (fashion) city, told through a precious material: lace

As part of the ambitious reopening program, MoMu Antwerp unveils P.LACE.S – Looking through Antwerp lace, a thorough and beautiful exhibition highlighting the important role Antwerp played in the production and trade of lace through history.



With ‘P.LACE.S’, MoMu is starting a unique conversation between historical textile craft and contemporary fashion to look at our history from a different perspective. This creates a visual play between past and present, presenting objects from international collections that have never been shown in Belgium before. MoMu tells this story through an exhibition trail that connects five locations: the Museum Plantin-Moretus, holding one of the oldest archives in the world focused on the lace trade, the Snijders & Rockox House, where contemporary fashion garments are shown in historic interiors. Bridging hirtorical references and contemporary techniques, digital platform SHOWstudio created videos at St Charles Borromeo Church and at the Maagdenhuis (the Maiden’s House), a place where little girls used to learn how to make lace. Finally, MoMu shows the most “fashionable”aspects of lace.

Check out our Instagram account for a closer look at the exhibition: