Tuesday, 17 February

Museu del Disseny in Barcelona opened its doors last December in plaça de les Glòries as the result of the integration of the City Council’s collections in decorative arts, ceramics, textile and graphic arts. It shows a wide permanent archive that goes along with temporary exhibitions, which live this area of the city up.


Regarding fashion, the permanent exhibition “Dressing the body. Silhouettes and fashion (1550-2015) stands out. It’s an exhibition which was on display within the 10th edition of 080 Barcelona Fashion held in July 2012 in Palau de Pedralbes that now has moved to this new venue, Disseny Hub (DHUB) and shows how fashion and style have evolved throughout the centuries in parallel to social, moral and ethical changes. A trip many times striking that features over a hundred designs through which see how the dress has been used to define the silhouette and move from the natural to the artificial.


A dress modifies the proportions when it reduces through corsets and belts or increases it through crinolines and petticoats, playing with the silhouette for very different results according to different decades, and eras. The collection allows you to admire antiques like a gold-embroidered velvet men’s cape of the 16th century or a vintage bridal dress of the early 20th century made in Barcelona as well as a sixties silver jumpsuit by Paco Rabanne, a seventies woman’s suit by Antonio Miro or a current ladylike dress by LaMarthe from the 2000.