One of the museum’s permanent exhibitions explores how fashion has evolved over the centuries.
Museu del Disseny de Barcelona was inaugurated in 2014, and soon became one of the city’s must-see museums. The permanent collection is one of the largest collections of design, decoration and ‘author-centred’ art, and one of the most complete exhibitions in this collection is “Dressing the Body. Silhouettes and fashion (1550-2015)”. It features more than 150 pieces, all related to fashion, in various rooms of the museum. The exhibition explores how humans have always changed the shape and appearance of the body with clothes and fabric. These accessories have always had to do with the ethical, moral, social and aesthetic codes of each period, establishing the canons of beauty for the time. The exhibition explains how clothing changes how the body looks by either compressing or padding it, in techniques used ever since the 16th century. To explain this, the museum displays include crinolines, bustles, shawls, capes, corsets, bras, belts, dresses, suits, shoes, hats, bodysuits, gloves, t-shirts and many other garments that show the wide variety that has defined the history of fashion.
“Dressing the Body. Silhouettes and fashion (1550-2015)” is on at Museu del Disseny de Barcelona. Museum hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm, except 1 January, 1 May, 24 June and 25 December, when it is closed.
Tickets to the museum cost €6, although there are some discounts available. More information is available on the Museu del Disseny website.
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