A collection by Madeleine Coisne, MoMu Award winner 2014

In 2014, Madeleine Coisne was the winner of the MoMu Award, which distinguished its collection: 'Centers'.

For someone her age, Madeleine Coisne is very much imbued with a sense of history. She relates this to her childhood memories which still influence her today, like her father’s double buckle shoes which she integrated in her collection. Her mother’s taste for strange objects with a soul, with a historical and emotional value, might also have something to do with it.

As inspirations, she cites the abstract patterns of the tiles of the Antwerp railway arches, the bold graphic shapes sometimes found on flat ecclesiastical and religious textiles, patterns from Byzantine architecture, but also colours from modern artists such as Mondriaan and Gauguin.

She translates this in a collection of monumental, Japanese looking shapes with deep rich colours and a wealth of different textiles varying from smooth and silky to more raggedy swatches.

She integrates men’s ties fabrics into her abstract appliqué motives on the 2D panels that hold her silhouettes together.

Coisne does not stop there however: she cuts angular shapes into the garments that create depth or she lets a scarf engulf a dress from below.

Her mix of old and new shapes and abstract patterns with historical references show that labels like ‘old’ and ‘new’ are very relative.

After graduating, Madeleine Coisne started working at Christian Dior as a graphic designer. She works on all the womenswear collections, haute couture and prêt-à-porter.

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Every year, MoMu awards a prize to one of the graduating Master students of the Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp: originality, a strong visual language and craftsmanship are key ingredients for a collection to win a prize.

The MoMu Award gives a single student the opportunity to present his or her collection in an exhibition at the MoMu Gallery.

Special thanks to Madeleine Coisne, Charlotte De Gier, Ronald Stoops and Etienne Tordoir.

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