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Re-opening 2021

Fecha: 21/10/2021

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The Museo del Traje re-opens its doors with a new permanent collection and exhibition discourse

Closure for refurbishment has enabled the Museo to bring about a change in the permanent exhibition, a first in its history. In this case, the exhibition discourse has been reconsidered and an itinerary showcasing over one thousand pieces designed (representing only 1% of the collection housed in the museo), half of which are being exhibited for the first time ever. The new exhibition includes assets from the textile collection, but also ethnological and documentary pieces that help create a context for the different eras and an understanding that fashions go beyond the context of clothing.

Through stage sets that reflect how fashion’s roots lie in everyday objects, a chronological journey takes visitors from the 17th and 18th centuries to the current day, explaining how the different trends adapt and persist throughout the centuries. Within the historical clothing collection, some of the oldest pieces are a 17th-century lace glove and the ‘Tratado de Sastrería’ by Juan de Albayzeta from 1720. On this route, reference is also made to the different styles of dress in the different periods from the gender perspective, and to the role of publicity and the media in the spread of fashions through fashion sketches -highlighting those of Pedro Rodríguez, Asunción Bastida and Manuel Comba-, magazines, posters and televisions, in addition to the associated health, hygiene and beauty habits.

There is also a monographic section dedicated to traditional clothing, with a rich collection of regional costumes that ranges from popular ensembles, such as that of Pozoantiguo (Zamora); to garments linked to the festive calendar, such as the Diablo de Artà (Mallorca). Among the contemporary pieces on display, the gowns by Cristóbal Balenciaga particularly stand out. He exerted an enormous influence on Spanish fashion while also changing international trends; the cape by the Madrid-based label Oteyza, showing the survival of the Spanish archetype of the 16th and 17th centuries; or Jeremy Scott’s tracksuit, which reinterpreted the bullfighter’s costume while also reflecting the influence of majismo. The exhibition ends with pieces by emblematic national and international designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Elio Berhanyer and Manuel Piña, with display cases created by a collective curatorship on social media with the hasthag #YoExpongoMT.

The permanent exhibition experience is completed with guided tours, material for independent family visits, a virtual visit and more activities that will be developed over the course of the season.

Among the contemporary pieces on display, the gowns by Cristóbal Balenciaga particularly stand out. He exerted an enormous influence on Spanish fashion while also changing international trends; the cape by the Madrid-based label Oteyza, showing the survival of the Spanish archetype of the 16th and 17th centuries; or Jeremy Scott’s tracksuit, which reinterpreted the bullfighter’s costume while also reflecting the influence of majismo. The exhibition ends with pieces by emblematic national and international designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Elio Berhanyer and Manuel Piña, with display cases created by a collective curatorship on social media with the hasthag #YoExpongoMT.

The permanent exhibition experience is completed with guided tours, material for independent family visits, a virtual visit and more activities that will be developed over the course of the season.

Invisible Mannequins

The Museo del Traje is one of the few museums to make invisible mannequins to display its textile collection. 40 specific new supports for the pieces selected had to be created for the renewal of the permanent exhibition.

In total, the new exhibition required 150 hand-made mannequins, given that the models made prior to the 1950s did not fit the industrial sizing, but rather each was a unique hand-made piece. Their function is not so much aesthetic as to preserve the piece: on the one hand, they render the support invisible; and on the other, the piece sits perfectly on its exact size without suffering any tension.

A benchmark institution

From the outset, the Museo del Traje has been a national and international benchmark, for both the exceptional nature of its collection and for the innovation of its research approaches. With this new permanent exhibition, it continues its mission to conserve, protect and promote fashion and clothing exhibitions, and knowledge deriving from these while also providing its visitors with activities rooted in an accessible discourse; students with a forum for the exchange of ideas; and professionals from the sector with a meeting point and development hub.

Information

María del Mar Belver GarcíaSalto de línea prensa.mt@cultura.gob.es e-mailSalto de línea Tel. +34 910 505 574

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