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The first archive is directly connected to the life of Eva Maria Hatschek (1924-2010). The Temporary Fashion Museum houses over 600 pieces from her personal wardrobe. As the wife of an important Swiss industrial, she was in the privileged position to wear couture every day. Literally everything she wore was made by the great couturiers or cusstom made by a dressmaker on the basis of patterns that were purchased at the big fashion houses - a practice that was still quite prevalent back then. Designs by Chanel, Givenchy and Yves St. Laurent form the solid basis of a wardrobe that can be read as a self-portrait of the woman who put this collection together.

The current managers of the legacy of Hatschek - Swiss Textile Collection  - have a very enlightened approach to conservation and speak of a collection that is ‘prêt-a-toucher’. Under the guidance of museum personnel, visitors can inspect a garment up closely and examine the details that are so typical of a handmade garment. During the exhibition, yet unknown facets of this extraordinary couture collection are further investigated.

Interview Rosmarie Amacher, Swiss Textile Collection

The haute couture collection of Eva Maria Hatschek on display in the central exhibition in the Temporary Fashion Museum is maintained by Rosmarie Amacher, a couturier from Zurich who began collecting textiles at an early age.

Review Huffington Post

"Exclusive fashion made inclusive. The way it should be and poignantly in line with fashion's current digital evolution."

Read the review 'Prêt-a-Toucher' - Inside a Very Special Fashion Archive. Brooke Roberts-Islam, Huffington Post online, 16th March 2016.

Temporary Fashion Museum
Guus Beumer
Maureen Mooren

This project is part of the programme track Things and Materials and the folder Material innovation.

Fashion has quietly renewed the very idea of renewal by constantly selling the past as a future, thereby framing current reality. This contrasts sharply with the idea that renewal always stems from technological innovation.