until 18 July Haute Bordure (High Border)

Haute Bordure (High Border)


** Get started with the embroidery instructions from Fries Museum and Majo van der Woude on the Fries Museum website. **

From 3 March to 18 July 2021, the Fries Museum presents a major exhibition on embroidery in fashion. The revival of the craft at major fashion houses and contemporary designers is placed in historical perspective through four centuries of embroidery. In the Haute Bordure exhibition, clothing and accessories from its own collection are complemented by many historical and contemporary creations. From 18th century men's vests with meticulously embroidered rose buds to an evening dress with tinkling bells by Viktor & Rolf, and from gold-threaded shoes from 1620 to the richly decorated gown of Queen Máxima. For the first time, a clear picture emerges of the role that handmade embroidery plays in Dutch fashion history.

Visitors will…

** Get started with the embroidery instructions from Fries Museum and Majo van der Woude on the Fries Museum website. **

From 3 March to 18 July 2021, the Fries Museum presents a major exhibition on embroidery in fashion. The revival of the craft at major fashion houses and contemporary designers is placed in historical perspective through four centuries of embroidery. In the Haute Bordure exhibition, clothing and accessories from its own collection are complemented by many historical and contemporary creations. From 18th century men's vests with meticulously embroidered rose buds to an evening dress with tinkling bells by Viktor & Rolf, and from gold-threaded shoes from 1620 to the richly decorated gown of Queen Máxima. For the first time, a clear picture emerges of the role that handmade embroidery plays in Dutch fashion history.

Visitors will discover the richness that comes with embroidery, with luxurious materials such as gold thread, silk and pearls, as well as the craftsmanship and hundreds of hours it sometimes takes to decorate a garment. With embroidery, the person wearing it shows that they belong to a group or, on the contrary, distinguishes themselves. In addition, fine, white embroidery plays a major role in important life moments such as birth, baptism and marriage. Above all, embroidery is an important part of the latest fashion that women and men have been making a statement about for centuries.

See and be seen
Embroidery in fashion has a long tradition, once reserved for the church and the elite. The labour-intensive craftsmanship and the use of luxurious materials made embroidery a precious status symbol. Increasing prosperity also allowed 17th century citizens to show off richly decorated accessories. Professional embroiderers focused on complex stitching and developed an enormous variety of stitches and techniques. Their creations found their way into Dutch fashion and gave men and women, young and old, a unique way to distinguish themselves. Nowadays that is no different. The exhibition features a spectacular evening dress by Claes Iversen, covered with plexiglass, metal and Swarovski crystals, and a catsuit by Jan Taminiau, stitched from head to toe with sequins. Customizing outfits is also popular on the street and social media; a response to the usually uniform mass infection.

Mix of old and new
Spread over six rooms, nearly 150 historical and contemporary pieces are on display. The unique in-house collection is enriched with pieces from Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (Amsterdam), Royal Archives and Royal Collections (The Hague), Amsterdam Museum (Amsterdam), Centraal Museum (Utrecht), Groninger Museum (Groningen), Kunstmuseum Den Haag (The Hague). , Zeeuws Museum (Middelburg), Zuiderzeemuseum (Enkhuizen), Museum Rotterdam (Rotterdam) and various contemporary designers. The exhibition design is in the hands of Paul Toornend and the graphic design is provided by Michaël Snitker.

Get started yourself
The Fries Museum is organizing an extensive programme of activities to accompany the exhibition. Everyone, from beginner to expert, can take a seat at the interactive embroidery installation by artist Floor Nijdeken in the hall of the museum. A joint embroidery will created and everyone can contribute a bit to it. In addition, a number of embroidery masterclasses are being organized in collaboration with Crafts Council Nederland, suitable for textile, fashion and craft enthusiasts with some embroidery experience. More activities will soon be available on the museum's website.

Publication
Haute Bordure will publish the eponymous publication with contributions by Eveline Holsappel and Anne-Marie Segeren, edited by Karin Gaillard and published by Uitgeverij Waanders & de Kunst. The book examines four centuries of embroidery; makers and carriers, materials and techniques used, sources of inspiration and symbolism. Detailed shots show the great craftsmanship required to execute the many meticulous stitches that are barely visible to the naked eye. The book is available at the museum shop for € 24.95. There you will also find everything you need to get started with a needle and thread at home. The publication will soon also be sold in the Fries Museum's web shop via friesmuseum.nl/web shop, which opens next Monday. The web shop also sells other books that have been published at major exhibitions.

The Haute Bordure exhibition has been made possible in part by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Margarethe Petronella Fund, VSBfonds and Fonds 21. Some long-term loans came from the collections of the Ottema-Kingma Foundation and the Royal Frisian Society. Some of the pieces on display have been restored with the support of Wassenbergh-Clarijs Fontein Foundation.

The Fries Museum is part of the Modemuze collaboration network. The collaboration between the parties focuses on knowledge exchange via modemuze.nl and making jewellery, fashion, costume and regional wear collections available in the Netherlands and Belgium.

The Fries Museum is co-financed by Ir. Abe Bonnema Foundation, the Province of Fryslân, the Northern Netherlands Cooperation Association, EZ / Kompas and the BankGiro Loterij.

Contact

Address:
Fries Museum
Wilhelminaplein 92
8911 BS Leeuwarden
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When

  • daily until July 18th, 2021from 11:00 to 17:00

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