The history of a fashionable family in Amsterdam
I love houses full of history and especially the canal houses in Amsterdam. It’s one of the things which attracts me to travel to Amsterdam and just stroll along these houses and hoping that I could enter one of them and photograph the details….but I am a little impatient to wait when I will get this chance, so a couple of weeks ago I read about a exhibition at Museum Van Loon in Amsterdam: “Fashion at Van Loon”. This canal house was designed in 1672 and his first owner was painter Ferdinand Bol. This house stills exudes the wealth of that time. The family van Loon was a very rich family and the last owners which had also founded this museum. Hendrik van Loon and Louise van Loon-Borski, married in 1854, lived a very wealthy life in Amsterdam and where members of the socialty life of that time. Therefore fashion played a important role in this family life and they were very internationally oriented. In the documents you learn that this family often visit the fashion houses in Paris and Amsterdam, such as Maison Paquin, Redfern, Maison Rouff and Maison Hirsch & Cie. See and to be seen was very important, to express yourself by means of the clothes. The ladies of the high society selected their outfit for each occasion carefully.
I love fashion, especially of the early years. The dresses, the accessoires, made from the most beautiful materials, I was very curious to see the wardrobe of this family and to see their luxurious house at the Keizersgracht so last Saturday I travelled to Amsterdam with my husband because this exhibition is only to visit till 20th of May!
They have exhibited fashion from the second half of the 19th century until the present through the whole house. Fashion, accessories, documents, paintings, everything what was important to make their personal style and to give us a glimpse in their interesting life. Maybe I am a little bit a romantic, but I love these early years.
I walked from room to room, imagining how this family lived here. The beautiful ornaments, the stairs, I almost heard the rustling of the dresses on the stairs. There were two dresses which the lady wore in the paintings on the wall. So special to admire! And that it has been preserved, I think it’s the best! I looked at the materials, real handcraft, I can imagine that only the rich people could afford this. And it gives us an interesting glimpse into their lives, which they lived in peace at the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam.
The garden was serene. I could hardly imagine that I was the middle of the city. The peace, the serenity, the colors, such a beautiful place to rest and get inspired!
Do you love such exhibitions?