Barcelona Haute Couture

Many consider Barcelona to have countless delights. Culture and art in Barcelona are everywhere. Fashion is also another ingredient very present all around the city. Luckily for those who appreciate art, culture and fashion, there is now a place where these three elements are combined together. A great plan for you: “Barcelona Haute Couture.”

“Barcelona Haute Couture” is an exhibition open until May 1, 2011, and held at Hall 1 of The Palau Robert, which is an institution that hosts an exhibition centre. This palace (“palau” means “palace” in Catalan) was the former home of a politician, businessman and influential Catalan aristocrat. This private residence was built at the beginning of the 20th century, so you will notice a certain classic vibe as soon as you cross the main doors, which is always inspirational.

Back to the topic: “Barcelona Haute Couture.” I had high expectations for this exposition, and luckily it did not disappoint me. When you enter Hall 1, you will read the following:

“From 1920 to 1980, Barcelona was the fashion capital of Spain. Its proximity and fluid communication with Paris, the consolidation of the textile industry and the excellence of embroidery crafts and dressmaking toge her with the demand of a bourgeois or aristocratic clientele were conductive to this standing.”

This statement just pulls you in. The lighting and the setting are very inviting and put you in the mood to explore, admire, and create. I certainly could not avoid visioning who might have worn that coat or dreaming to what aristocratic parties those dresses were worn. The exhibition just gives you a fantastic overview of the golden age of Catalan fashion (from early 1920s onwards).

This expo could be described as a display of what chic and unpretentiously glamorous meant when fashion started being in fashion. And no, I really don’t think you need to be totally hip or a fervent fashion lover to enjoy this exhibition.

Clothing designers nowadays are definitely getting their ideas (or at least some of their inspiration) from the so-called golden age of Catalan fashion because, to a certain extent, a lot of the pieces displayed are (or totally could be) back on the street today. Fashion conclusion: trends always come back… even if it’s 80 years later.

Dress sketch by Marcelo Scarxell

Dress sketch by Marcelo Scarxell



Oh, and before I forget: all exhibitions in The Palau Robert are always free admission for all publics, so you just have to walk in. If you are in Barcelona before May 1, 2011, or at any time for that matter, we would highly suggest you to stroll around Passeig de Gràcia, all the way up until The Palau Robert (Passeig de Gràcia 107).

Schedule: Monday-Saturday from 10am to 7pm. Sundays and holidays from 10am to 2:30pm.

“Barcelona Haute Couture” will be in The Palau Robert until May 1, 2011.

How to get there? Bus lines: 7, 15, 17, 22, 24, 28, 33, 34, 68 y T1. Metro: line 3 and line 5 (stop: Diagonal).

You can learn more about The Palau Robert and “Barcelona Haute Couture” and other expositions at:




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