Often times, little packages contain interesting proposals and such is the case with the Museu del Disseny’s previous ground floor exhibition space. It seems that the lack of meters is a benefit, as the shows in this area are concise, didactic and entertaining. A promise is a promise and after a few years’ wait, the Maria Brillas’ Wardrobe by Pedro Rodríguez finally has its’ moment in the spotlight.
Hilda Bencomo, granddaughter of Maria Brillas decided to donate her grandmother’s entire Pedro Rodríguez collection to the Museu del Disseny, 341 pieces – 183 garments and 158 accessories in total. Que me Pongo? showcases 39 outfits and a careful selection of hats. Although slightly too concise, the garments on display are beautiful and truly representative of Maria’s personal style.
¿Qué me Pongo? is divided into different sections, each representing a certain time of the day with accompanying samples. The black coat above is one of my favourites, lined with monkey’s fur. The Spanish haute couturier, Pedro Rodríguez had a penchant for using the pelts of exotic animals in his creations, especially for his exquisite coats. (A practise that would be terribly frowned upon today!)
Miren Arzalluz, the curator, (who was wearing the most lovely shoes), has done a great job of picking out the right pieces to fully display the style of Brillas and her close relationship with Spanish haute couturier, Pedro Rodríguez. I love the use of mirrors and the intimate feeling of being inside a giant wardrobe. It almost feels like trespassing, such a delicious feeling. At the inauguration yesterday, people were packed in and noisily gossiping about each of the garments. The giant clocks depicting the different times of day seemed a little too literal and broke up the harmonious black backdrops that so quietly envelops each outfit.
Through the careful selection and display of Maria Brillas’ garments, you are provoked to think about your daily dilemma of what to wear, how to dress and how to portray yourself in the world. Even those who say they do not care and do not give the slightest thought to what goes on their bodies are actively taking a stand and portraying certain facts about themselves. Involving a deep emotional and intellectual reflection, we construct our public image and our identity on a daily basis. Brillas was faithful to Pedro Rodríguez throughout her life, a true Spanish haute couture client, and through the study of her garments, it is possible to see the different stages of her life.
Qué me Pongo? serves its’ purpose of a promise fulfilled. The really interesting aspect is the study of Maria Brillas’ life and relationship with Spanish haute couturier Pedro Rodríguez.