The Amsterdam museum is to showcase a large selection of pieces from its fashion collection for the first time, in an exhibition designed by Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf. The Catwalk exhibition opens Feb 20 and runs until May 16, 2016.

Catwalk will see six galleries at the Rijksmuseum filled with the finest in Dutch fashion from 1625 to 1960, with exhibits including pieces from the Golden Age, vibrantly coloured French silk, plus haute-couture ensembles from Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.

The museum’s creator of costumes, Bianca du Mortier, explains “The garments presented in this exhibition reflect the stories of the people who wore them. In fashion, the choices of the wearer count – they make him or her a trendsetter or a follower.”

The museum enlisted the internationally renowned Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf to design the exhibition.

Must-see garments include a pair of silk underpants belonging to Henri Casimir I, Count of Nassau Dietz; the widest dress in the Netherlands, dating from the 18th century; a silk bobbin lace gown; and a taffeta cocktail dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga.

The Rijksmuseum has a collection of 10,000 fashion items, featuring men’s, women’s and children’s garments, as well as accessories, dating from 1700 to 1960. It includes treasures such as a post-war dress made from silk maps belonging to RAF pilots and a Yves Saint Laurent “Mondrian dress”. – AFP Relaxnews