Black, white & red
Black, white & red
October 21, 2023 — May 07, 2024

Black, white & red

From 21 October, the Fashion Museum will present a new exhibition ‘Black, White & Red’, created in collaboration with the Alexandre Vassiliev Foundation. The exhibition will offer an insight into the perception and history of three of the most influential colours of all time, seen through the prism of fashion. The exhibits will cover the period from the 19th century to the present day.
Black, white, red. Three colours that in Western culture accompany people at all the most important moments of their lives. Colours whose use goes back to prehistory – and colours whose influence in contemporary fashion is still hard to overestimate.

Power and status, passion and innocence, light and darkness – these are just some of the symbolic meanings attributed to black, white, and red in Western culture. Their use is closely linked, on the one hand, to the availability of dyes and the dyeing of fabrics and, on the other, to the prevailing ideas about clothing and beauty in society at the time.

These three colours have been associated with the most important rituals of human life since ancient times: black, as the colour of night and darkness, became a sign of mourning, while white was associated with youth and innocence and therefore became a key element in wedding traditions. Red, on the other hand, was associated not only with life force, but also with power, influence, and eroticism. This bright and conspicuous colour always gives its wearers a special authority.

The garments and accessories on show, from the impressive collection of the Alexandre Vassiliev Foundation and also from the collection of the Fashion Museum, will reveal the different reflections of these three colours in fashion: the dramatic, saturated elegance and play of textures of black, the variety of shades of red, its ability to catch the eye and enchant, the summery lightness of white – and at the same time its sumptuous festivity.

The striking garments and accessories from the collection of the Alexandre Vassiliev Foundation and the Fashion Museum illustrate the spectacular manifestations of the three “existential” colours in fashion: from the muslin dresses of the Empire era to the present day, from the little black dress to fashion masterpieces. Visitors will have the opportunity to appreciate not only the work of great seamstresses and embroiderers in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but also the ideas of 20th and 21st century fashion designers. The exhibition will showcase garments created by great designers such as Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Thierry Mugler, Karl Lagerfeld, Gianfranco Ferre, Issay Miyake, and others, in three of the most iconic colours of fashion: black, white, and red.

The exhibition will not only allow visitors to admire the costumes, but also to learn more about colours – how we see them, their complex and controversial history and symbolism. As always, the exhibition will be accompanied by a special soundtrack, as well as the opportunity to engage in activities.


individual, unguided tour 7€

groups 6€

pupils, students and seniors 5€

guided tour 20€

children under 5 years – free admission