How the wardrobe was created

Up until the beginning of the 20th century, the wardrobe comprised only a few costumes, usually ceremonial outfits offered by royalty or by Brussels authorities. The statue wore them on special occasions. Between 1918 and 1940, Manneken-Pis was given around thirty new costumes. From 1945 to the 1970s, he was given between five and fifteen costumes a year. Since the 1980s, around fifteen costumes a year have been added to the collection. Currently, Manneken-Pis wears clothes around 130 times a year (an official calendar has been established for this). Manneken-Pis attire has today become part of Brussels folklore, and the wardrobe is part and parcel of the city’s historical heritage.