Façade of the Costume Museum © Ministerio de Cultura
Room with dresses by the designed Balenciaga. Costume Museum ©Turespaña
CategoryEthnography and anthropology, Textiles
The Costume Museum presents the evolution of fashion from the 18th century until today, with important work by important couturiers such as Fortuny and Balenciaga, with a carefully selected range of garments and accessories.
The museum shows the evolution of the idea of clothing regarding aesthetics, social practices and the views of the body in the past two centuries.
External looks are influenced by social changes. The different looks provide a wide range of interpretations of the female body, which have come with the different views of women in modernity. The search for beauty is a key aspect in all the clothing.
Satin dress with pleated silk, inspired by the Greek chiton, used up to the 1st century BC (especially as a tunic)More info
This item is connected to historic popular religiousness. It shows a type of belief that is still very much alive, in which religion is close to superstition.More info
This almost impossible structure combines ruffles, curved pleats and notes of colour.More info
Chromolithograph on cardboard, a good example of clear and direct advertising language.More info
A horn cup used by shepherds to drink.More info
A spoon carved out of horn, which shows a perfect technique and sober decorations.More info
It is part of the outfit called "vaquero hecho a la inglesa" ("English-style dress"), a type of dress to wear in the court, which appeared in France in 1775.More info
This fashion design on cardboard combines sections drawn in Indian ink with glued fabric in order to give the impression of three dimensions.More info
A toy based on one of the characters from the TV cartoons "Street Sharks".More info
String musical instrument, from the zither family (similar to a lyre).More info
The Costume Museum presents this special exhibition within its permanent collection, in which the accessories designed by Lebanese designer Assaad Awad set up a dialogue with Cristóbal Balenciaga's models.More info
The museum's collection is part of the collective catalogue of the Digital Network of Spanish Museum Collections (CERES), conceived as a space for dissemination which enables visitors to browse the various museum collections using the identifying features of each item (author, type of object, iconography, etc.).
Tuesday to Saturday
Does not close at midday
9:30 AM to 7:00 PM
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Closing days: Monday
Jul 01 to Aug 31
Does not close at midday
9:30 AM to 10:30 PM
The permanent collection will be closed to the public from 14 July to 10 August.
Retired persons: Free admission
Students: Free admission
Disabled persons: Free admission
Large families: Free admission
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