For the first time the Rijksmuseum presents a large selection of its diverse fashion collection in an exhibition designed by world-renowned Dutch photographer 

Erwin Olaf.

From February 20 through May 16 2016, six galleries of the Philips Wing will be dedicated to fashion of the Dutch from 1625 to 1960. Starting with garments worn by members of the Frisian branch of the house of Nassau in the Golden Age, the exhibits will feature vibrantly coloured French silk gowns and luxurious velvet gentlemen’s suits of the eighteenth century, classically-inspired Empire dresses and bustles of the Fin de Siècle culminating in twentieth-century French haute couture by Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.

A few highlights of Catwalk:

• A unique pair of underpants belonging to Hendrik Casimir I, Count of Nassau Dietz (1612-1640)

•  The widest dress in the Netherlands: Helena Slicher’s (1737-1776) wedding gown or mantua, which she supposedly wore at her marriage to Aelbrecht baron van Slingelandt (1732-1801) on 4 September 1759

•  An exceptionally precious and fragile dress of blonde silk bobbin lace (1815-1820)

• A silk taffeta cocktail dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga (1951-1952)

Catwalk. Fashion at the Rijksmuseum.

20 February through 16 May 2016


lllustration by Linda Zoon

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