MUDE is a museum dedicated to all expressions of design whose areas of expertise range from fashion to product, graphic, contemporary jewellery, set and costume. Safeguarding its heritage, the museum ensures the best conditions for its several collections’ conservation, research, scanning, exhibition, and internationalization.
As a place where design meets the different aspects of contemporary society and culture, MUDE aims to promote a debate about creation, production, and consumption, concerning some of the urban, socio-economic, technological, and environmental challenges we all currently face in our planet. Multigenerational and transversal to all fringes of society, MUDE addresses all audiences while generating multiple synergies with schools and universities, museums, cultural institutions, companies, and authors.
One of the museum’s main roles is to contribute to a stronger awareness of the urgency to change mentalities and lifestyles, making us more responsible for our individual and collective action to social cohesion and environmental protection. The main goal is to contribute to a more informed, aware, critical and creative public, hence fostering the imperative changes in attitude towards material culture and life.
With the “Francisco Capelo Collection” as its core, acquired by the Lisbon Municipality in 2002, the museum has been increasing and diversifying its collection through donations, acquisitions and deposits, with particular attention to Portuguese design. Regarding the fashion collection, it is worth mentioning, among others, the recent addition of four new collections: “Nuno Baltazar Collection”, “Maria Gambina Collection”, “Storytailors Collection” and “Fashion Travel Collection 1965-1975”. Currently, 152 fashion designers, both national and international, are represented, providing an insight into the fashion culture ever since the 1930s. Equally significant are the incorporation of archives and the creation of a library specialized in design.