The Centraal Museum is one of the 13 institutes that are collaborating on the online platform Modemuze. By the end of 2014, seven fashion and costume collections from the following museums were permanently available online: the Centraal Museum, the Amsterdam Museum, the Fries Museum Leeuwarden, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Museum Rotterdam, Paleis Het Loo and the Rijksmuseum. As of 2018, the collections from another six institutes had been added: the Museum of Bags and Purses, the TextileMuseum, the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam's Theatre Collection (Stichting TIN), Tropenmuseum/the Africa Museum/Museum Volkenkunde, the Nederlandse Kostuumvereniging and the Zuiderzee Museum.

Overview and depth in fashion and costume history

Modemuze offers a source of knowledge and inspiration for a wide audience. Tens of thousands of collection items are visible, and various topics are highlighted with visuals and short articles. The platform offers depth for professionals, and an accessible overview for visitors with a general interest.

Visitors to the platform can add their own stories and images, ask questions and provide information. As a result, existing knowledge about our textile heritage will be exchanged and expanded.


The collective online platform Modemuze is a logical continuation of the collaboration between the museums. A network of active curators shares knowledge about fashion and aligns the collection and presentation policy of the collections. In 2013, the collaboration resulted in a joint purchase of designs by Fong Leng [link to discover/exhibition] by the Amsterdam Museum and the Centraal Museum. The museums also organise joint public events.

Centraal Museum and Modemuze

The Centraal Museum presents fashion and costumes, accessories, images of fashion exhibitions, posters and fashion catalogues on Modemuze. With a collection of more than 10,000 objects, the Centraal Museum makes an important contribution.

The Centraal Museum began collecting a survey of costumes from the period between 1750 and 1900 a hundred years ago. The current collection and presentation policy focuses on important transborder designs from contemporary fashion. In addition to national designers such as Viktor & Rolf, Klavers van Engelen, Iris van Herpen, Alexander van Slobbe and Winde Rienstra, international designers including Maison Martin Margiela, Hussein Chalayan, Comme des Garçons and Junya Watanabe are also represented in the collection.

The entire Centraal Museum collection is available online. Offering the fashion and costume collection at Modemuze, too, provides this collection with more context. Modemuze provides an extensive and extremely comprehensive overview of the Dutch fashion and costume history.

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