The Museo del Traje is hosting a unique exhibition until 1 March. It is a journey through the history of the birth of the fashion press in Spain; more than 100 related objects on display, from the end of the 18th century to the end of the 19th century, including clothing, publications and figures from different collections and museums.
Western culture has in fashion one of the elements that best define it, as a reflection of the society of the moment. In this exhibition, we will observe the evolution of the model of woman, through behaviours and trends, of what we could now call "influencers".
Why did fashion magazines appear, how did they evolve, what repercussions did they have on the society of the moment, the irruption of the textile industry and the taste for exclusivity and luxury, the appearances of seasonal collections, new fabrics and designs, accessories and must-have accesories...
In short, a walk through history, which will put us in context to understand how society evolved through the press and fashion trends in those years.
The Museo del Traje provides most of the pieces on display, as well as items on loan from the Municipal Newspaper Library of Madrid, the National Museum of Romanticism, the Museum of Design of Barcelona and other private collections. They highlight 32 sets of clothing, 20 publications and 28 figures. Among the most unique objects are a jacket worn by the Empress Eugenia de Montijo, a pair of sixteenth-century badges and the first number of La Pensadora Gaditana magazine (a Spanish women's publication), which shows the clear influence of French and English fashion publications of the time.
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Image credits: Web Museo del Traje.