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ModeNatie, Antwerp

28 Nationalestraat
Belgium 2000
Tel: 32 3226 1447's insider take:

The ModeNatie complex is not only a fascinating foray into Antwerp's fashion history—dominated by Antwerp Six alums like Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester—it's also the most relevant museum in town. The complex is equal parts commerce and art: It houses the Mode Museum; Flanders Fashion Institute; the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts; a design library and bookshop; and the spanking-new, 10,000-square-foot Yohji Yamamoto flagship store, stocked with his women's and menswear, a new jewelry line he designed with Mikimoto, and his daughter Limi's feminine line of women's clothes. Recent exhibits at the Mode Museum have included Soviet-era head scarves, and retrospectives of contemporary designers like Veronique Branquinho and Bernhard Willhelm.

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