21 September 2007 > 27 January 2008
A couturier at the Museum: the retrospective exhibition devoted to the career of Gerald Watelet at the head of the only Belgian house to have been honoured with recognition by the highly select world of Haute Couture presented about a hundred items, some of which belong to the Museum collection while others were catwalk models. However, most of the outfits displayed were owned by clients of the couture house.
Since 1989, the Watelet woman has been wearing smart yet comfortable clothes which are made to measure, entirely by hand in the couturier’s workshops.
This exhibition also provided an opportunity to highlight the craftsmen and –women whose know-how is inextricably linked to haute couture: plumassiers-florists, embroiders, milliners, pleaters, finery makers and fabric painters. These are the trades that make this a luxurious industry.