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Exhibition 2009 : The Ruff and extravagant collars | Exhibition 2008 : The Outlines of Emptiness

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he ruff and extravagant collars

July 17th to December 30th 2009
14:00 to 18:00 (14:00 to 19:00 in July and August)

During five months, the museum will exhibit its ruffs... ...

La fête champêtre, Dick Hals, 1627, RijksmuseumThis  fashion accessory is typical of the second half of the 16th century and of the 17th century. Worn as much by women as men, it has been the object of different techniques, developed into diverse shapes and in a number of countries. This item of dress was part of the fashion extravaganza of the time as depicted in the caricature of the period.

This exhibition, held in partnership with Youlie Spantidaki, antique lace specialist (Research and restoration centre for Archeological Textiles in Athens) will bring new partnerships for the museum : The National Centre for Stage Costume in Moulins, the Comédie Française, dressmaking schools for stage costumes, contemporary artist. The exhibition will approach the stylistic and technical aspects of ruffs but also the social aspect tied to this fashion and the mockery that it provoked. It will also show some of the contemporary outlook on this object.


The Pastoral scene, by Dick Hals, 1627, Rijksmuseum, detail. (Click on picture to enlarge)


Especially adapted for family visits, this fun exhibition will offer a lot of games and workshops to make one’s own ruff or visualize oneself in period gear.

More information in the next actualities.


Download the press file in french (1.4Mo)



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