The Museu do Design e da Moda (MUDE) opened its doors in 2009. In the heart of Lisbon, the old national overseas bank was chosen to present the 2500 pieces from the collection of Francisco Capelo. The architects merely scratched the wall and ceiling to expose the crude concrete as the only backdrop for the dresses, furniture and paintings on display. And the bank, a symbol of the power of the colonial empire that was Portugal, remained in its original state.
This lends a strange atmosphere, somewhere between a barely open squat and a well swept museum. Here, we can observe how the design and fashion of the 20th century should be exhibited together. The result: a 1940s Dior evening gown faces an Arne Jacobsen chair and a gadget by Philippe Starck…Its a welcome change from traditional museums. Suitably enough, MUDE also means “change” in Portuguese!