Exploring 1840s Fashion and Culture at New Budapest Exhibition

The Petőfi Literary Museum in Budapest is showcasing a new exhibition titled “The World of Beauty – Fashion and Culture in Reform-era Pest,” giving visitors a unique insight into the world of 1840s Pest (eastern part of Budapest) through fashion magazines and clothing.

The exhibition highlights the significance of fashion during the Hungarian reform era, emphasizing its role in culture and society. It explores the impact of Hungarian and German-language fashion magazines on various aspects of public life, including the press, the city, and the home.

Featuring images and texts from popular magazines such as Honru, Pictures of life, Pest Fashion Magazine, The mirror, and There Ungar, the exhibition aims to immerse visitors in the city’s social life, home settings, and press environment during the reform era.

In addition to the fashion magazines, the exhibition presents a diverse collection of paintings, prints, caricatures, objects, and clothing pieces from the period. Visitors will have the opportunity to view rare items such as a vibrant woman’s dress from the Wosinsky Mór Museum, a stylish men’s dress from the Royal Palace in Gödöllő, and a portrait of composer Ferenc Liszt with his signature.

Furthermore, visitors can listen to music from scores published in fashion magazines and participate in special events linked to the exhibition, including curatorial guided tours and a lecture by fashion expert Bence Csalár on June 22 as part of the Night of the Museums.

The exhibition “The World of Beauty – Fashion and Culture in Reform-era Pest” will run until March 31, 2025, offering a captivating journey into the aesthetics and cultural significance of 1840s Pest.



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