Fashion Museum Hasselt


Modemuseum Hasselt is one of the few museums in the Low Countries which is dedicated exclusively to dress and fashion. It opened its doors for the public on 8 May 1988. Its collection counts since approximately 18.000 garments and accessories telling the history of Western fashion from 1750 up until today. Within this story, some chapters are being highlighted. Illustrative is the sixties fashion, which is strongly represented. Also unique is the strong presence of hats and contemporary designer shoes, as well as of important couturiers such as Worth, Jacques Doucet, Poiret, Patou, Jeanne Lanvin, Chanel, Balenciaga, Dior, Cardin, Courrèges, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace and Comme des Garçons. As for contemporary fashion a special emphasis is put on designers with international allure who have their roots in Limburg, such as Martin Margiela and Raf Simons. A regional anchoring is visible as well in the collection’s couture garments and accessories from important contemporary and historical fashion houses in Hasselt such as Jeurissen, Moray and Reekmans. The museum gained a reputation through innovative and engaging exhibitions such as In her Shoes (2009), UltraMegaLore (2010), Devout/Divine – Fashion vs Religion (2010-11), Hello, My name is Paul Smith (2015), Haute-à-porter (2016) and Across Japan (2017).