The Costume and Lace Museum is a usually laid-back little museum, in an un-usually quite little cobbled street, in the periphery of the crowded, world famous Grand Place/Grote Markt, the city’s glorious main square. Created in 1977 and housed in a modern, especially converted building with its 17th century façade kept intact, its purpose is to safeguard, collect and showcase the rich textile heritage of the City of Brussels. Which includes Lace. Lots of it. And, incidentally, some gorgeous frocks.
Along their ancient and contemporary laces and embroidery collections, there are annual themed fashion exhibitions. This year none would be more fitting than a full house of ’70s designs! I was too young to appreciate ’70s fashion really; didn’t care much for the sudden invasion of generously flared trousers, especially on men, paired with long hair and those huge sideburns that seemed to grow everywhere… But I did love to try on mum’s embroidered dresses, choose anything from the new mini-midi-maxi lengths, balance (barely) on her huge platforms and brighten up with vivid blue waterproof creamy eye-shadow and cakey make up. And I still wear her black leather blazer, some 40+ years later… timeless and cool as ever!
So why go to a museum for some ’70s flair when, these days, you can just pop by any shop, vintage, second hand or just plain multichain? Cause you can spend a couple of guilt-free hours of looking at all these original designs sitting side by side. And don’t forget the healing powers of chromotherapy: beats a rainy day any time…
Rue de la Violette/Violetstraat 12
Seventies, whatever you like exhibition, until 2 March 2014