Permanent Collection - Museo del Traje, C.I.P.E.

More than 160,000 pieces and documents, grouped in different sections:

Historic clothing: few but important pieces from the 16th and 17th centuries, notably a woman's doublet from the end of the sixteenth century. The 18th century collection has some excellent examples both of male (a wide, rich collection of doublets and waistcoats) and female clothing (smocks and dresses). Although the 19th century has a more limited representation as far as the number of objects is concerned, diversity of styles from the period is represented and there are as many as 2500 garment including traditional nineteenth century Madrid costumes.

Contemporary clothing: from the 20th century over 4000 garments notably the liberating Delphos by Mariano Fortuny. From the period when haute couture was at the height of its splendour we have works by the designer Balenciaga and designs by Pedro Rodrí­guez, Lino, Rosina, Natalio, Pertegaz and Elio Berhanyer among others. Furthermore we have selected works by designers who set trends such as the remarkable metallic dress from Paco Rabanne and representation of a large number of current designers.

Popular clothing: an important collection from all over Spain made up of over 5000 pieces nearly all from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.

Textiles: a splendid collection of samples of textiles in pieces from the sixteenth century and we must also mention some extremely valuable fragments of textiles such as a strip of Coptic material and a Spanish- Muslim fabric. This collection, made up of 9000 pieces, is completed with lace, embroidery and braiding which covers all stylistic fields from cultured as well as popular levels.

Jewellery: makes up one of the museum's most important identity marks. Although most of the pieces are connected with traditional aspects of Spanish culture there is also room for other pieces which represent European aesthetic trends from the last two centuries.

Accessories: notable among these are hats from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, lace sunshades and gloves covering the period from the 17th century up to the present day. The range of footwear deserves a special mention and in particular the women's shoes and slippers from the 18th century.

Objects connected with economic activities: 38,000 pieces approximately related to agriculture, cattle raising, hunting, fishing, traditional transport, crafts, cottage industries and weights and measures.

Household equipment resources: 19,000 objects which can be classified in two groups. Firstly pre-industrial objects from the rural environment and secondly pieces of furnishing and examples of industrial manufacture associated with the urban world.

Pieces related to leisure activities: 16,746, including traditional games, card and board games (playing cards, etc.) children´s cut-outs, games, etc. As well as musical instruments from both high and popular culture.

Collection of religion and believes: more than 26,500 objects which cover over four centuries of history. Its main objective is to provide an overall view of the spiritual aspect of Spanish culture, considering practices associated with Catholicism as well as those related to superstition.

Poster collection: since 1882 to the present day and documental resources with important collections of photography such of those by Ortiz Echagüe, Benito Frutos or Laurent.




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