Fashion and Design at the MUDE Museum in Lisbon

This is a throwback from our summer 2015 when we visited Lisbon, Portugal. With its centuries-old architecture, Lisbon is also a city characterized by forward thinking design and where cultural and artistic scenes are booming more than ever.

It is indeed getting an ever increase in importance hub in terms of creativity in the Mediterranean. In the heart of Lisbon, in the district of Baixa, it is located the MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda (Design and Fashion Museum). The magnificent colonial building, a former bank, in Rua Augusta definitely deserves a visit. The museum was opened in 2009 and is now a space full of history, real examples and insights about design and fashion. This museum invites you to a world of objects covering a time lapse ranging from the beginning of the 20th century up to our days. It hosts a permanent collection as well as different temporary exhibitions. The main collection of the museum was put together by the Portuguese design collector Francisco Capelo. The building has several floors. The ground floor focuses on the history of design, interior design and fashion, where you will have the chance to learn more about their evolution and about the main facts in history that influenced design and fashion.

Here is explained the role and the importance of design in combining aesthetic with functionality aspects after industrialization had made mass production possible. It is shown what has been perceived as “good design” over time, the styles and the most common used materials, and, to name a few examples, on this floor are displayed some pieces of Christian Dior’s collections, Frank Gehry’s furniture as well as some other masterpieces created by other designers. And for the most curious people there is the possibility to visit the cellar, which, originally, was a bank safe. This is a living place not only because of the ever-changing temporary exhibitions on the upper floors, but also because of the ambiance in the building: unfinished elements, concrete walls and visible wires remind of something in constant evolution. You can be sure that the design and fashion objects displayed won’t disappoint you, they will for sure amaze you. And other than design samples, you will be given food for thought…

Photo credits: Marina Miljkovic

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