Design lovers in Lisbon will find a corner tailored to their needs. When we say the world of fashion, one of the associations is the MUDE Museum, the Museum of Fashion and Design in Lisbon. Many believe that this museum has the best exhibition collection when it comes to fashion museums in Europe. It can be said that this is the most prominent museum of this character, which has over 1200 pieces of high fashion. MUDE is an expression of all types of design. It is a place where heritage is preserved, and it provides an excellent basis for research, conversation and promotion of collections.
The museum describes itself as a place that is: “Active and dynamic, it is a lively place that generates synergies with schools and universities, museums, cultural institutions, companies and authors. A place where dialogue is designed with other artistic expressions and fields of thought to promote the debate on the creation, production, consumption and today urban, socio-economic, technological and environmental challenges.”
The building in which the museum is located was closed and uninhabited in the period from 2007 to 2009. It is a building of a former bank in which only the bosses were active at that time, until the end of 2010. The building was opened to the public in 2009, with minor changes to it, and then became the seat of the Museum of Fashion and Design.
Businessman Francesco Capel collected the fashion collection that is on display in the museum in Lisbon, and it is very diverse. The museum houses Renee Zellweger’s dress that she wore to the Oscars in 2001 and a collection by Christian Dior, New Look that was shown in 1947, as well as Chanel or Saint Laurent dresses, furniture and various items.
The museum displays fashion designs by famous and lesser-known designers around the world. Just some of the names you can see here are Charles Eames, George Nelson, Arne Jacobsen, Paul Henningsen, Venus Panton, Masanori Umeda, Henning Koppel and Tom Dixon, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, and Yves Saint Laurent.
The MUDE Museum has also supported and promoted the installation of a large fresco by Andrea Saraiva near the flea market in Lisbon, for a number of reasons: as a contribution and affirmation of national design and creativity through gatherings of designers and companies; the contribution and improvement of Lisbon's public spaces; promotion of traditional Portuguese manufacturing sectors.
You can see various free temporary exhibitions in the museum. Within it, there is also a bookstore where you can buy one of the design books.
Opening hours of the MUDE Museum
from Tuesday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m
Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m
the museum is closed on Mondays
Author of the text:
Maja Glavaš, Bachelor with Honours in Communicology. Works in Tourism.
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