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The Bohemian Weekender: Fashion and Scooters at MUDE (Fashion+Design Museum) by night, oh my!

Hello again!
I have, as previously stated, a lot of catching up to do and a lot of lovely places to recommend you. I thought I'd start by telling you about my bohemian weekend that started specially early this week; I went to Lisbon on Thursday, just in time for Youth Day in the capital - if you're under 25, you could visit any public museum of choice and ride public transports for free, as well as enjoy the celebrations all over the country.
What I wore for my family roadtrip on Thursday.
3h+ of Algarve-Lisbon crossing!

This was a great oportunity, in my case, to go see MUDE's latest exhibition with friends... by night!
If you've never been, or haven't even heard this delightful project has started just under two years ago and is still in development - the building is being renovated from an old national bank headquarters into a modern design museum - therefore free, and hosts a permanent XX century fashion and design exhibition, featuring such works as  
Paco Rabanne's Metallic Dress
(picture from
Le Corbusier's Student Room
(picture from

Unfortunately, yours truly wasn't allowed to take pictures of the temporary exhibition (first attempted shot resulted in being kindly advised by a staff member) but And This is Reality Blog (portuguese) were luckier and so I'll leave you a few wonderful pictures I found on their post on the exhibition, all credited to Filipe Ferreira. I claim no rights over the 13 following pictures, due credits atributed.

For picture credits and information please check above, I claim no rights and have attributed them to authors and publishers.

What you've just seen is a glance at the temporary exhibition "Lá vai ela, formosa e segura || There she goes, beautiful and safe" to be found on the frst floor of MUDE (MUseu de DEsign e moda || Fashion and Design Museum). It was a real treat for any oldies lover such as myself, featuring over 60 1940s to 1970s scooters, all from João Seixa's private collection, divided by nacionalities. We could find the iconic Vespas, the beautiful italian models, the rare portuguese produced models, the german industrial models and the balanced french models scattered around, adorned by the matching era's designer dresses - highlighting Givenchy, Dior, Courrèges and Mary Quant. To add to the delicious time traveling experience, any visitor could walk in the video room and choose from a list of video commercials and movie clips using the movement-activated interactive system, or see the instruction booklets, magazines, movie posters and flyers up on the walls or protected by glass. One of the most interesting thing all these ads and promotional images have in common are the beautiful women driving the scooter by themselves - it is a sign that the times were a'changin', and after working in factories to produce belic supplies and make their own pay, they were also rewarded in better days with more independance, more glamour and more choice in their lives. The practical aspect of the scooter as a prettier, smaller and lighter means of transportation is also presented as a novelty, a plus in the crowded and fast city life - who wouldn't want to sway through the traffic or park easily? The support literature to the exhibition was very interesting and well thought-out too, helping create a guiding line through your visit, but there is only one thing I find wasn't well explored enough; discussing the subject with my father upon my second visit, he pointed out that there was a primary reason for the making of these scooters. The factories they were produced in had been making airplanes for the army during the war, so when the war ended these engineers and workers were out of their jobs, and a lot of leftover parts could be found around. As a response to this situation, airplane engineers designed scooters based on airplane wheels and basic engines - the factories were kept active, no jobs were lost and a new income source was derived from what started out as recycling what the II World War had left behind. The ingenious marketing campaigns and public demand for affordable personal transportation alternative to cars would do the rest, and so they were mass produced happily ever after. I would recommend anyone who has the chance of swinging by to take the time to visit because it's a delightful experience in one of Lisbon's hottest spots.

Later, we strolled up Bairro Alto to get some drinks at my must-stop Indie Rock Caffe and ended up taking silly pictures in front of the night bakery, getting some cake before heading home!
I swapped the silky polkadot scarf for a leopard
bandana, the t-shirt for a gingham shirt, the wedge
sandals for sneakers and off I went!
Me & my gorgeous friend Ba, you can almost see
 my tattoo print sneakers (from Love Life). The bag
has a Misfits print on the reverse side, too.
And that's a tale of a weekend night on a summer weekday. I'll be writing on more exciting places very soon, so stay tuned!

Mafalda xox

6 comentários:

Rose of Sharon disse...

Lovely :) Where did you get those jeans?

Jackpot disse...

Grande expo.

Aquele vestido roxo... *_*

Esther Chocolat ♥ disse...

uau obrigada pela 'tour', sabe mesmo bem ler o que escreves sobre eventos e lojas em que estiveste, por favor continua a publicar! ;)

btw será que posso perguntar onde compraste a t-shirt desta foto? é tão bonita! :)

Anónimo disse...

Excelente artigo. Gostei muito de o ler depois de ter ido à exposição. Estou certa que, se não a tivesse visitado ficaria bastante motivada para ir, como já aconteceu noutras situações.
Continua a partilhar connosco as tuas magnificas narrativas sobre eventos culturais em artigos em que manifestas a criatividade de artista e o gosto refinado e a cultura de uma princesa num blog muito actual.

Anónimo disse...

Agradeço o magnifico artigo.
Talvez fosse interessante acrescentar uma palavra sobre o título da exposição e a sua ligação à literatura portuguesa

Anónimo disse...


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Mafalda xox