For the Arnhem Mode Biënnale 2009 we created a lifesize version of a doll’s house with eight contemporary ‘period rooms’ at the Historisch Museum Arnhem (HMA, the Arnhem Historical Museum). In the exhibition, the principles that underlie fashion are investigated. Within a meticulously carried out context, the costumes - including collections of Sandra Backlund, Cosmic Wonder Light Source, Bernhard Willhelm, Selina Parr, Martin Margiela and Yuima Nakazato – play a key role. Fashion is shown in relation to visual art and design including pieces from the collection of both the Historical Museum Arnhem and the Museum of Modern Art Arnhem, besides the works from visual artists such as Kees Goudzwaard, Katja Mater, Boris van Berkum, Roland Sohier, Raquel Maulwurf, Maria Roosen and others. The source of inspiration for this exhibition was the museum’s renowned doll’s house by the Dutch artist Lizzy Ansingh.

see also Arnhem Mode Biënnale

list of participants:
Andrea Ayala Closa
Andrea Cammarosano
Arielle De Pinto
Bernhard Willhelm
Boris Van Berkum
David Bergé & Sabina Holzer & Marc Vanrunxt
Emmy Van Leersum
Estelle Hanania & Christophe Brunnquell
Etie Van Rees
Floris Meydam
Fong Leng
Gé Röling
Han Weezelaar
Jaap Kroneman
Jimini Hignett
Johan Van Zweden
Joop Moesman
Kara Walker
Katja Mater
Kees Goudzwaard
Kinke Kooi
Klaartje Martens
Maison Martin Margiela
Maria Roosen
House Of Worth
Paul Citroen
Quirijn Maurits Rudolph Ver Huell
Raquel Maulwurf
Roland Sohier
Sandra Backlund
Saskia Olde Wolbers
Selina Parr
Shana Moulton
Theo Colenbrander
Theo Konijnenburg
Ursula Mayer
Vlisco Fabrics
Willem Heesen
Yuima Nakazato

                special thanks to Minna Tiikkainen for the finnishing touch of light.

The Historic Museum Arnhem, dressed front (sketch)