A new museum in Porto, celebrating Portugal’s influential contribution to fashion & textile design, opens using an array of BONAVERI bust forms.
There is no doubting Portugal’s significant contribution to the textile industry; from early beginnings in the late 1700s and early eighteenth-century links with Brazil, cotton and linen have been an important contributor to the country’s economic and creative output.
The new WOW Porto Fashion & Fabric Museum, housed in an historic, 18th Century residential building, celebrates this rich history in a tribute to national talent. Textiles & fashion make up two main sections of the new museum, taking vistors through a unique experience of ‘making, designing and developing’ within an innovative local industry.
Using a number of Bonaveri’s Sartorial bust forms, heads and miniature pieces, the exhibition features historic and current fashion & textiles designs. The museum also intends to provide space for new designers to showcase their work and for industry leaders to come together to share their knowledge.
Bonaveri bust forms & display items are set amongst colourful geometric podiums, wall features and fashion walkways. Some of the bust forms, covered in linen and with articulated wooden arms and hands, are suspended from free standing alocoves, which in turn reflect the shapes and forms of Portugal’s unique architecture.
Unique to this display are a number of walking bust forms created especially for the Museum to display a number of garments on a fashion ‘runway’. A number of completely wooden bust forms was also created to reflect the artisan nature of Portugla’s textile industry.
For WOW Porto, this is their sixth museum in a series dedicated to all things ‘Made in Portugal’ including the Wine Museum itself, and a chocolate, cork and drinkware museum.
WRITTEN BY IAN THOMPSON | 08 JULY 2021