02.06.16 > 16.04.2017

Just married, a History of Marriage

Just married, a History of Marriage
Exuberant or simple, a wedding dress always speaks to the imagination. It expresses all the emotions of a rite of passage. Wedding dresses have a symbolic meaning
that reaches far beyond any other outfit.

From the late 18th century until the present day, the exhibition presents more than two hundred years of bridal fashion. Bridal gowns enter into a dialogue with various objects, documents and testimonies that shed a light on weddings and their intriguing evolution.

Marked by affiliation as well as separation, the history of marriage is interlinked with that of
couples, families and mentalities. Marriage, it’s so much more than a dress!
 
16.06 > 18.09.16

Textile Box

Textile Box

Installed in an area of 50 m² at the very heart of the Costume and Lace Museum, the Textile Box offers artists the opportunity to present a personal exhibition designed especially for the Museum. At the moment :

Mélancolie de l'objet  by Olivier Reman

Olivier Reman provides textile object mixing tables hijacked and Flemish painting.

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> August 27

100 masters

 100 masters

During 100 days, 100 masterpieces in no less than 41 museums will be put in the spotlights by way of an exclusive programming inviting you to discover or rediscover the splendour of the Belgian heritage in the Costume and Lace Museum :The lace flounce from Brussels.

The flounce dates from the second half of the 19th century, which is the final glorious period of Brussels lace. It was commis-sioned and sold by the Maison Verdé-Delisle based in Brussels (94, rue Royale), which also had a subsidiary in Paris (80, rue Richelieu). The fact that we know its provenance is rather rare since most lace was anonymous.


The flounce belonged to Empress Elizabeth of Austria (1837-1898), better known as Sissi. It became part of the museum’s collection in 1988 via her great-granddaughter.

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