Modes is an insider address, a tiny unassuming boutique that most tourists pass by. In fact, it's a must for any European costume designer working in the cinema, theatre or opera. As much buying as selling goes on here – antique lace, silks and linens that have been stored away in people's attics for decades. There is so much jammed into Modes that it can take time to find that irresistible purchase, be it a men's striped waistcoat from the 1930s or a beautifully-tailored woman's jacket hand crafted in a Belgian or Dutch couture atelier.
Address: Rue Blaes 164, Brussels
Telephone number: + 32 (2) 512 49 07
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10-14:40, Sat-Sun 10-15:30