Thursday, January 25, 2018

Museum visit–back drape dress

Yesterday afternoon I visited the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, one of the most beautiful museums I know as a building and one of the few Dutch museums that have regular exhibitions on fashion.

Currently there are two exhibitions that are noteworthy. First there is the Art Deco exhibition. This is not advertised as a fashion exhibition, but certainly is a great tribute to the designer Paul Poiret (early 20th century). Apart from Art Deco paintings, sculptures, furniture there are a lot of garments on display. One of the designs that got my immediate attention is this dress:


Like the Burda top I showed in my previous post it has a back drape, but of course this is a dress for a festive occasion. It shows there’s nothing new in fashion.


A dress of which the design is made by beads and embroidery! Such beautiful details are to be seen. It’s quite a large exhibition.

The other exhibition (very small) is about the designs of Frans Hoogendoorn, a couturier who worked in The Hague until 2014. He was unknown to me, but apparently worked a lot for royals and “leading women in Dutch society” as the museum website describes.


I LOVE the design of the red jacket. It’s definitely something I would like to make someday.


As said, a small exhibition and nothing really spectacular but nice to see anyway.


  1. I LOVE both of those jackets, I think the red one would be quite easy to reproduce just by adding the ties & a zip front into a similar pattern.

  2. Ik visited the exhibitions some time ago andere I really liked it. Without only a few details a common dress was made into fashion by Frans.

    1. Ik mean with instead of without. 😑 Autocorrect

  3. OH, that red jacket! I need to think about how to do that one. That is gorgeous. It's always fun to see collections like this, isn't it?

  4. Very nice indeed- thanks for sharing

  5. That cream coloured jacket is so pretty! It vaguely reminds me of Lekala 4303, a copy of an Armani jacket that has been on my to-sew list for years.

  6. It is nice to see exhibitions such as this. Recently I went to an Edith Head exhibition which was pretty amazing.

  7. I LOVE the last jacket, so elegant

  8. Thanks for the show – the clothes are amazing. I especially love that red jacket and will make one. There's a Marcy Tilton pattern that has that neckline and could easily be adapted to have the lovely tie in front.

  9. Gorgeous garments thank you for sharing.

  10. That cream jacket is spectacular

  11. Frans Hoogendoorn created some timeless designs that we would be happy to wear nowadays. And I think the Art Deco period will be forever inspiring.


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