Avda. Juan de Herrera 2
Phone: 0034 91 550 47 00
Fax: 0034 91 544 69 70
Website: http://museodeltraje.mcu.

Museo Del Traje, C.I.P.E.

The Museum of Costume of Madrid offers an exciting exhibition through Fashion History. It is also a very active cultural centre with a complete agenda of temporal exhibitions, activities and events.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (3)

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Permanent Collection

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...+ [ Read all ]


The principal tour sets out the history of clothing in Spain, placing it in an international context and making up the very heart of the Museum. The subdued lighting required for the conservation of the delicate collections of clothing and the serene, elegant design of the museum fittings create a peaceful atmosphere, perfect for quiet contemplation of the magnificent pieces and the enjoyment of a relaxing visit.

The beginnings of the history of dress are explained with audiovisual resources and the display of archaeological, medieval and renaissance pieces. The main body of the collection starts off with the eighteenth century with spectacular examples of dresses in the rococo and Empire style. It continues with the voluminous female figures of the nineteenth century achieved by using crinolines and bustles. It then goes on with the liberation of women's bodies with dresses by Paul Poiret and Fortuny, a revolutionary Spanish designer of international renown. After visiting the showcases devoted to the New Look, the next part of the visit is devoted to Spanish haute couture represented, among others, by Balenciaga, Pedro Rodrí­guez, Manuel Pertegaz and Elio Bernhayer as well as by international fashion with Paco Rabanne, Courreges Versace and Chanel, to cite some well-known companies. It finishes off with contemporary Spanish designers.

Within this principal route there are two rooms on specific themes: Regional Costumes and Fortuny, both collections being of considerable importance.

This tour is completed by an educative area, which is set out along side the exterior display window in a bright, luminous area with no original pieces exhibited so it has been p...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (4)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

9th May - 23rd September 2007

As a result of the cooperation between The Kyoto Costume Institute and the Museo del Traje, MODACHROME is coming to Madrid.

MODACHROME explores the historical and social relations between fashion and colour from the XVIII century until today by means of five thematic areas which show all dresses around one concept: THE COLOUR.

The pieces on show at Modachrome sum up the last three centuries of Western and Eastern fashion. Some of them date back to the XVIII and XIX centuries, some other represent the XX century with names like Mariano Fortuny, Madeleine Vionnet, Chanel, Dior, Balenciaga, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto or Junya Watanabe as well as the last provocative creations of the XXI century like John Galliano, Donatella Versace, Pucci, Miyake and Dolce&Gabbana.

The Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI), a prestigious institution founded in 1978, focuses its activities on showing its collections which consist of more than 11.000 cloths and accessories related to Western fashion. In cooperation with the world's most important museums the KCI has organized a series of temporal exhibits which have been travelling around the world's most important international costume museums.

Fifty-three pieces coming from the collections of both institutions will introduce a new approach of fashion history focussed on the colour. The scope of this project is to draw the visitor's attention to the pleasure and the dynamism that colour inspires. Along history fashion has shaped the main features of the society in which it was growing. Some historical movements like the Rococ√≥, the Modernism and the Pop Art infl...+ [ Read all ]


Admission: 3 euros

Reduced admission (50%): 1,5 euros (proof of entitlement required)

Holders of Youth Cards, Student Cards, or their international equivalents.
Cultural or educational groups (15 or more visitors). Requests for group visits should be made to the Museum at least 15 days in advance.

Admission free (proof of entitlement required):

Under 18
Over 65
Permanently disabled
Members of National or International Museum Associations
Members of the Asociación de Amigos del Museo del Traje
Cultural and educational volunteers and National Tourist Guides
Journalists in a working capacity
Staff of Museums or related institutions

Admission free:

Saturdays after 14:30
18 May, International Museum Day
12 October, Spanish National Day
6 December, Spanish Constitution Day

Museo del Traje Annual Card: 24,04 euros

Allows holders to visit the Museum as often as they like during the year.

Museos Estatales Annual Card: 36,06 Euros

Allows holders to visit all the Museos de Titularidad Estatal as often as they like during a year.

Opening hours

Opening hours. Permanent exhibition
Tuesday to Saturday:
9:30 - 19:00 h.
Sundays and Public Holidays:

10:00 - 15:00 h.
Latest admission 30 minutes before the Museum closes

The Museum is closed on:
Mondays throughout the year
1 and 6 January
1 May
15 May (Local holiday)
24, 25 and 31 December

Watch out!!
The Museum will be opened every Thursdays during
July and August from 9:30 to 22:30 h.

Getting there

Avenida de Juan de Herrera, 2. Madrid (28040)
(+34) 91 550-47-00

Public transport:
Metro: Moncloa (líneas 3 y 6) y Ciudad Universitaria (línea 6)
Bus: Líneas 46, 82, 83, 84, 132, 133, G

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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