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Museum of Costume and Lace © GIAL (click to zoom)

Costume and Lace Museum

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The Costume and Lace Museum was created in 1977 to emphasize the textile heritage of the City of Brussels. The 1st collection consisted of ecclesiastical clothes and Brussels lace that was preserved at the Maison du Roi.

The Costume and Lace Museum so collected a particularly rich and varied collection: suits, ancient and contemporary laces, embroidery and original accessories,... This collection not only results from acquisition, an important part also results from generous private donations.

Thematic exhibitions, catalogs

Cocktail dress, Christian Dior, 1957 © MKK/Photo Dohet-Peeters (click to zoom) Every thematic exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and allows to place the collections in the world of fashion and European textile productions:

  • The Brussels lace in the collections of the Museums of the City (2004) honours a luxurious industry which could be found all over European courts and which contributed to the beautiful days of the Brussels economy in the 18th century
  • Stories of fashions (2006) offers a panorama of the suit and the accessories of 18th - 20th century through acquisitions and recent gifts
  • New Look to Exhibition 58 (2008-2009) allows the visitor and the reader to plunge into the fashion of the 1950s.

Temporary exhibitions

In 2004 the Museum inaugurated new spaces and a room intended for temporary exhibitions dedicated to contemporary textile creation.

Community news

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Practical information

Costume and Lace Museum
Rue de la Violette, 12
1000 Brussels

Tel. : 02 213 44 50
Opening hours : From Tuesday till Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays). Closure of the ticket desk: 15 minutes before closure of the museum.
Telephone hours : To assure an optimal comfort of visit, groups are invited to book their visit.
Closing period : on Mondays and 1/1, 1/5, 1/11, 11/11 and 25/12, from 3 March to 2 April 2014
More information : Entrance: 4 euro, 3 euro for seniors, students, groups, 2 euro for children and schools, free: under 18 years in the weekend, each first Sunday of the month, inhabitants of the City of Brussels. Art 27: 1.25 euro. Several reductions possible. Legends in French, Dutch and English.

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