Capturing Fashion in the 20th Century with Frieda Dauphin-Verhees' Study Collection

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    Out of sympathy!

    Thank you very much for your contribution! Besides our endless gratitude, your name will be mentioned in the credits of the educational film using Frieda's collection, and in a dedicated webpage in our online archive of the study collection.

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    Visit the study collection

    Experience fashion history! Visit the study collection at the MoMu library, including a talk from Frieda Sorber, the conservator of the museums historical collection. Get to know all the stories behind the historical pieces of the study collection.

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    Workshop - Make your own millstone collar!

    Let’s bring fashion history even closer! Make your own millstone collar during this workshop with Mariëlla Devos, the coordinator of the Design Faculty of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. During this workshop you will learn how to design and execute your own contemporary millstone collar. The workshop will take place on the 14th and the 19th of October 2017 at MoMu in Antwerp.

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    Adopt a piece in the study collection

    What is more original than actually adopting an object from Frieda’s study collection? Your name will be mentioned on the label and sewed in to the piece. Your name will also be connected to the object in the online archive and as an added bonus, adopted pieces will be photographed by a professional photographer and send to you by email.

    In addition to this you can also enjoy our MoMu exhibitions, with a free entry ticket.

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    Become a Patron for the Study Collection!

    Become a patron for the Study Collection! You will of course receive the rewards mentioned above, and we will mention you (as a person or company) as a sponsor of our initiative on our website, flyers and link your name to a specific artifact in our collection!

    For Belgian patrons, we can also offer you a tax certificate via the King Baudouin Foundation (please contact for more information!). Moreover, you get our eternal gratitude and make a difference!

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About this project

FASHION MUSEUM After collecting fashion objects for almost her entire life, costume design teacher Frieda Dauphin-Verhees decided to donate a part of her impressive clothing archive to the Antwerp Fashion Museum.

Needs Material Minimum Optimum
Expenses for storage of the collection of Frieda Verhees
Storage expenses should cover the acquisition of boxes, clothing hangers, supports, covers, etc. These materials enable proper storage of the collection of Frieda an enable long term preservation of her archive. We will acquire material to properly store the selected objects in MoMu, but also invest in the overall improvement of storage conditions of the collection at Frieda's home.
£ 842
Acquisition of a video camera
In order to record the history behind the artefacts, MoMu wants to buy a good quality video camera. Footage will be used to document the selected objects and explain the rich story that Frieda has to tell about fashion in the 20th Century. We want to acquire an all-round camera that is able to work under limited lighting conditions and is able to zoom in order to reveal the great details of the costume objects. Camera Specs: Nikon D5600 (body) (775€) - Nikon AF-S 24-70mm F/2.8 G ED (Lens) (€1800)
£ 2,168
Needs Task Minimum Optimum
Professional photo shoot of the artefacts
We want to organize a photo shoot, capturing the individual objects that will become part of the study collection. We estimate 3 days of shooting, capturing approximately 200 objects.
£ 1,772
Make an educational video on 20th Century fashion for secondary eduction
Based on the selection of objects from Frieda's archive and all collected footage, we want to produce a documentary on 20th Century fashion, targeting Secondary Education. This documentary can be viewed as a separate, stand-alone product, but can also be shown as an introduction for a visit to the study collection, enriching object based pedagogy.
£ 2,736
Setup and Development of a database + video plugin in OMEKA-S
Together with an external service provider, MoMu wants to setup and installation of a database (using OMEKA-S) for this project. This database will be developed using the Europeana DataModel as schema. MoMu will cover the hosting costs. The database will also contain a plugin for video so that the interviews of Frieda can link back to the objects in the study collection.
£ 6,061
Total £ 7,517 £ 13,577

General information

The museum wants to create an educational tool from her Frieda Dauphin-Verhees collection.

Frieda Dauphin-Verhees is a costume designer who collected clothing and accessories throughout her entire life. Her collection consists of thousands of objects, from dresses from the roaring twenties and skirts from the ‘50’s, to power pumps from the ‘80’s.

During Frieda’s career as a costume designer these pieces inspired her work in the theater. Later in her life, when Frieda taught costume design at the Royal Academy of Arts Antwerp, her students researched costume history using her collection. Now that Frieda is no longer teaching, she is looking for a new destination for her life’s work.

Frieda wants to give her collection to MoMu, so it can continue to inspire and educate people. Through crowdfunding, MoMu wants to raise the funds to bring Frieda’s pieces into the museum’s study collection so it can be consulted by students, researchers and designers.

To make the collection as accessible as possible to anybody and anywhere, MoMu wants to create an online archive of the pieces, containing not only the scientific information, but also Frieda’s story behind every piece. Furthermore, MoMu wants to tell the fascinating story of Frieda and her collection, through an educational film. Last but not least, MoMu has to keep and conserve the collection in optimal condition, so it can be enjoyed as long as possible. Therefore MoMu needs to use special boxes and garment bags that will not damage the fabrics.

To thank you for your help MoMu offers a range of rewards, from your name on the credits of the educational film to adopting a piece of the collection. If you are a Belgian taxpayer however, you can also choose to receive a tax certificate. Belgian donors can choose to get a tax certificate (supplied by the King Baudouin Foundation) that has recognized the Study Collection as a 'philantropical' initiative. All gifts, starting from 40€, can get this certificate. These donation cannot be made trough Goteo. Please contact us for further information at

The project ‘Capturing the 20th Century Fashion with Frieda Dauphin-Verhees' Study Collection’ is a joint initiative of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (Dept. Costume Design) and MoMu,
In collaboration with the European platform for cultural heritage Europeana and crowdfunding platform Goteo.

Main features and goals of the crowdfunding campaign

The main objective of the project is to preserve the collection of Frieda Dauphin-Verhees in MoMu and to record her stories of fashion in the 20th Century. By making sure that everything developed for the project (database/digital files/documentary) will be made available under an open license, our initiative becomes re-useable in every sense. Also the database built in the open source system OMEKA-S, will be made available under an GNU General Public License, so it can be setup by others within their own institution. Since we use EDM as underlying datamodel, our initiative can easily be used by others to ingest new content into Europeana.

Why this is important

After more than 30 years collecting, it is time to find a new home for the life work of Frieda Dauphin-Verhees.
She has built a collection of thousands of objects and has used it to teach and inspire generations of designers. This project is a first step in preserving Frieda's work.

Also, object-based learning is an enriching and inspiring experience for students, but there are not many places where students can get direct access to those kind of materials. Most museum collections are not suitable/well organized for these purposes. Building a study collection, for direct consultation by users, overcomes some of these obstacles. With this project, we acquire a collection of objects that tell the story of 20th Century fashion. By organizing the collection per decade, the collection can be made available as 'a package' that can become part of a course, workshop or educational project.

Goals of the crowdfunding campaign

On a short term MoMu wants to create an educational tool based on a rather small selection of objects from Frieda's archive. On a longer term, it is our aim to make a more extensive selection of objects available, covering more and other aspects of clothing in the 20th Century.

The tools/infrastructure developed with this crowdfunding are scaleable and shareable. So, everything can be re-used on a larger scale. Other institutions can re-use our efforts and, because of their intrinsic openness, build further upon them. By making use of EDM as data model the OMEKA-S database can be used for ingesting other content in Europeana.

Team and experience

This project is a joint initiative of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (Dept. Costume Design) and MoMu. Frieda Dauphin-Verhees has taught at the Antwerp Academy by using her collection as a hands-on learning tool. For the Academy, Mariella Devos, who is the coordinator supervising the Design Faculty, will follow up the project.
For MoMu, Dieter Suls will coordinate the project. He has been project leader of the Europeana Fashion project and has also supervised another project regarding the establishment of a study collection in the library of MoMu.
Furthermore, Tobias Hendrickx will coordinate the creation and implementation of the database infrastructure and supervise all data related issues and digitization of the collection. Tobias has gained extensive experience in these matters during his work as technical coordinator for MoMu's digital strategy and Europeana Fashion.
Birgit Ansoms is librarian of MoMu and she has a Master degree in Conservation and Restoration Studies. She manages the Study Collection and will supervise the proper storage of the Frieda's collection and will enable the consultation of the collection by educational institutions.
Gabrielle De Pooter will handle communication and dissemination of the project and will manage events in order to attract attention from patrons. As former Communication Advisor for the Europeana Fashion project, and as fundraiser of the MoMu and coordinator of the friends organization of the museum (MoMu+Friends), she has a rich experience to build upon.

Social commitment

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