The links between the Terrassa Museu Tèxtil and the Terrassa Modernist Fair go back a long way: as a platform for teaching and raising awareness on a local level, we participate in this great fun, sociocultural event that takes place each year in our city.

It is quite fitting, therefore, that the Museu Tèxtil has a large, varied Modernisme collection, featuring fabric, clothing and accessories, linens, swatchbooks, designs, original drawings, point paper and archives.

Year after year, seasonally, the museum dresses up in Modernisme style. Some of the exhibitions have been particularly successful, (“Intimíssims. La moda interior modernista”), while others featured audience participation (“Inspiracions modernistes”). For the 2018 fair, the “Brindis modernista” exhibition was created through a collaboration with the Museum de Terrassa and was on display in the glass room at Casa Alegre de Sagrera

In 2019, the museum launched its “Movie dresses” exhibition featuring original pieces, outfits recreated by students from the clothing courses and film costumes created by renowned Terrassa designer Mercè Paloma. In 2020, the Modernist Fair went virtual and we put loads of Modernisme heritage and videos on social media, one starring students of our Modernisme clothing courses.

 

Training on Modernisme-style clothing and accessories

Four months before the fair, the Textile Museum launches its course “Fes-te un vestit modernista” (Make your own Modernisme garment), teaching participants how to create a historically accurate outfit based on the original pieces in the museum collection. The latest news in Modernisme training is a course on patterns and dressmaking from the era for participants with advanced pattern-making skills. The dates and conditions of the courses are announced each autumn and they tend to begin in late January. The dates and sessions for the past editions are available here.

 

Activities at the Museum during the Modernist Fair

All weekend, the Textile Museum will have an information booth on Raval de Montserrat, with a family activity for kids. Families and their children can take part in activities associated with Modernisme clothing at home with these illustrated prints.

On Sunday, the Modernist Fair features the traditional Passejada (parade) that travels through the streets of the city centre. The activity is open to anyone interested in participating who comes dressed in period-appropriate clothes. In order to commemorate past parades, in 2020, the year of the lockdown fair, we put the video “Vestits modernistes” (Modernisme dresses) online.

The Modernisme fashion show is an event that started at the Modernist Fair in Terrassa but has now been exported to similar festivals all over Catalonia. The models showcase elegant outfits they created themselves after an intense process of learning, creating and crafting. For the 2019 edition, there was a casting session to choose models for the fashion show.

Also on the Sunday, there were guided tours of the temporary exhibitions and the museum’s restoration workshop.