An interesting fashion exhibition to look forward to. Famous names like Viktor & Rolf, Iris van Herpen and Jan Taminiau have placed the Netherlands firmly on the map as a country of idiosyncratic fashion talent. These and other Dutch designers attract international praise. High time, therefore, for an Ode to Dutch Fashion at Gemeentemuseum        Den Haag, which has one of the most important fashion collections in the world! Never before has such a major exhibition showcasing the history of Dutch fashion been presented in the Netherlands.

Ode to Dutch Fashion will feature more than a hundred creations from the history of fashion in the Netherlands from 1900 to 2015.

What can we expect? In the spotlights for example Jan Taminiau, Viktor & Rolf, Iris van Herpen, Charles Montaigne, Fong Leng, Frans Molenaar, Dick Holthaus, 

Max Heymans and much more.

Major annual fashion exhibition

Almost ten years ago the Gemeentemuseum presented an exhibition entitled Fashion NL about the young designers of the time. Since then, fashion has been a recurring theme in the annual schedule of exhibitions. ‘Gemeentemuseum Den Haag has a long tradition of presenting fashion, with a clear emphasis on Dutch fashion’, director Benno Tempel explains. ‘Frans Molenaar had a solo exhibition here in the 1980s, for example. But we also frequently work with major foreign fashion houses. This took quite a lot of effort in the beginning, but now they know us and come to us themselves. We recognise the importance of fashion and that is reflected in our exhibitions policy.’

This exhibition will be promising and I can not wait to go and see all these treasures of fashion. This illustration is an impression of the design by Frans Molenaar (1940-2015). 

Collection 1976. Dress with a round cape. His graphical designs were timeless. 

Date: 19 September 2015 – 07 February 2016




Fashion illustration by Linda Zoon 


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