Out of Fashion

Exhibition, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands.


From July 8, 2017 until October 22, 2017
More than 100 highlights from the museum’s own fashion collection will be brought out on display, immersing visitors in a world of 18th-century robes, royal gigot sleeves, and experimental men’s suits of today. Who are the designers and who are the customers? How are these remarkable designs preserved and when can a fashion design be considered deceased? Highlighted here is the wealth and diversity of fashion itself. Out of Fashion brings contemporary and historical garments are presented side by side, grouped according to four themes: the maker, the wearer, the restorer, and the visionary, exploring what inspires today’s designers and who wore what.
Each of the four large rooms concentrates on one of these themes. Out of Fashion explores what inspires (today’s) designers, the reasons for the museum to acquire a certain piece, and who wore what. Highlights of the exhibition are a 'Live Science Programme', where restorers will perform their work on-site, and a stage on which the newest generation of talented fashion designers take turns to show off their latest creations.
In 2017, Centraal Museum celebrates the fact that 100 years ago, it was the first museum to appoint the first paid fashion curator. Carla de Jonge began her career as an archivist of the museum collection, but she quickly managed to set up a permanent costume exhibition and went on to considerably expand the museum collection. Over the past 100 years, the focus of the collection policy has undergone significant changes: from expanding the collection of historical costumes to focusing on conceptual and contemporary national and international fashion.
Centraal Museum possesses a well-balanced fashion collection of around 10,000 items, including accessories. It is considered one of the most important collections in the Netherlands, both for historical costumes and contemporary fashion. Famous designers like Iris van Herpen, Maison Martin Margiela, Vivienne Westwood, Jan Taminiau, Issey Miyake, Viktor & Rolf, Craig Green and Junya Watanabe are all represented.