Leçon de Mode

N°28: The culture of the insignificant - A new history of fashion through the study of labels

Thursday 19 May 2022 at 19.30



Can we write a new fashion history using labels, those itchy bits of fabric ?


In this Leçon de Mode, Salomé Dudemaine and Julien Sanders explore their new approach to the history of fashion houses, focusing on the study of different types of clothing labels. By analysing a small piece of fabric hidden in the lining of a garment, the commercial and industrial history of fashion can be traced. Revealing the evolutions of the fashion system and the development of a real industry at the turn of the 20th Century. We also get an insight into the production process behind a collection, thanks to recordings of meetings with the people who have worked behind the scenes of fashion for years.


Salomé Dudemaine is a fashion historian, a graduate of the École du Louvre and the University of Glasgow. She works as a consultant for luxury brands such as Dior, Saint Laurent, Chloé and Kenzo, helping them to preserve and upgrade their heritage. She seeks to make connections between history and contemporary designs.


Julien Sanders, trained at the Institut des Arts et Métiers in Brussels, is an expert in vintage fashion. He lives at the foot of Montmartre in Paris and runs a showroom of luxury and designer pieces from the 1930s to the 2000s. His selection is used as a training laboratory for many Parisian and international designers. Julien is the founder of the podcast Le Fil, which gives a voice to people who worked behind the scenes of fashion between 1950 and 1990.


Practical information

  • Conference: Brussels City Hall – Salle de Milices (Grand-Place)
  • Conference in French
  • 7.30 pm: Conference, 07.15 pm: Reception
  • Limited places
  • Entry fee: € 5 and free for students
  • The reservation of your visit is mandatory via our reservation platform