One evening I was able to go to the Costume Museum in the north of the city. It was a bit tricky to find but wow, what a treasure! The building itself is absolutely amazing--I think it was once a large mansion or some sort of cathedral! They had a great exhibit starting in the 1700's and ending in modern day with some contemporary Lisbon designers. Here's a few of my favourite things (in order of time period--starting for the oldest)...
The examples of 19th century embroidery were absolutely fantastic!!
The museum itself was in such an amazing building and the layout was stunning:
David, our friend Dave and I were the only ones in the museum--we had it all to ourselves!!
This is in the Costume Museum...which makes me think it was once a palace or a church...
I fell in love with this coat/jacket from the turn of the century:
Look at the amazing button details:
They had the most amazing 1920's beaded dresses...
There were also lot of contemporary design displays:
Next to the Costume Museum is the city's botanical garden! Wow--absolutely beautiful! David and I really enjoyed it (and I got to wear my new purple halter top and skirt!!)