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Pattern-a-thon: Mapping Fashion Heritage Through Patterns

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A brand-new edit-a-thon organised by EFHA and ModeMuseum Antwerp

On 27 November 2021, at MoMu-bibliotheek & Dries Van Noten Study Center, Nationalestraat 28, 2000 Antwerp will take place Mapping Fashion Heritage Through Patterns, a workshop organised by EFHA – European Fashion Heritage Association and ModeMuseum Antwerp, in collaboration with KU Leuven, University of Antwerp and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The event is an edit-a-thon – or, as we decided to call it, a Pattern-a-thon: an initiative aimed at uncovering and recovering patterns, engaging students, designers and researchers in enriching Wikipedia through creating patterns of fashion objects.

Patterns are the translation onto paper of the idea, adapted to fit the human body. When we wear a garment – any garment – we often forget the calculation and processes behind it from bidimensional paper copy to a three-dimensional object, something that speaks about the craftsmanship and knowledge necessary to get to the final result.

The workshop will be based on MoMu’s Study Collection, recently remade available for direct consultation in the MoMu-bibliotheek & Dries Van Noten Study Center. It will start with a small workshop on pattern-making; then, the participants will create patterns of the objects in the fashion collection and donate them to Wikimedia Commons, for everybody to use and re-use.

The Pattern-a-thon takes place in the context of the CitizenHeritage project, co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. We all agree that patterns are a way to better understand clothes, their creators and their wearers. For those who look after and preserve objects related to costume and fashion, patterns are the key to unlocking the stories behind who designed and made what we now consider heritage.

Due to the nature of the event, places are limited. To register, please contact Dieter Suls at [email protected]

Stay tuned to discover the result of such a fun and informative initiative.