18th century, exhibitions

18th c. costume exhibit in Brussels

Oh, if only I lived in Europe!  Another fabulous sounding exhibition:  Paniers, Baleines, et Jabots: la Mode au 18e Siecle at the Musee du Costume et de la Dentelle, in Brussels.  That being said… I visited this museum back in 2005 and wasn’t thrilled.  It’s relatively small, and what I mostly remember was cluttered exhibits and dim lighting.  Of course, it’s possible they’ve improved their set-up in the past seven years!  If anyone sees this exhibit, or just has been to the Museum in the past few years, I’d be interested to hear what you think.

Side note:  apart from this museum, Brussels has some AMAZING museums.  The Royal Museums of Fine Art, in particular, have some incredible collections.  If you’re interested, I took a bunch of pictures of costume-related art when I was there in 2005.  It’s mixed into a larger set — if you start with this picture and work left, you can see about 30 pictures that I took there.

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  • Reply Elegant Eleanor December 3, 2012 at 3:29 am

    I visited this exibition on Saturday 17th November 2012. We were allowed to take pictures (but no flashlights) I took loads, some good some a bit hazy, but I admit concentrating a bit too much on the gowns compared to all the treasures on display (men’s coats, shoes, hats…). I have to disagree with you, this not beeing a cluttered exibit at all (they must have improved with time). I bought the exibition booklet that is very complete and well documented (lots of good photographs of the ones I missed out or I that I got but were too blury) Pictures taken with my camera can be seen on my Flick page. Enjoy!:

  • Reply kendra December 3, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Eleanor: oh wow, your pictures are gorgeous! Thanks so much for posting the link!

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