Design History Foundation

  • 20th and 21th November Design Museum of Barcelona

    Valerie Steele Inaugural Conference at II Colloquium of researchers on Textile and Fashion

    Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology. She Will discuss recent and emerging themes in Fashion Studies, focusing on exhibitions. Historically, fashion exhibitions have tended to be either chronological surveys or retrospectives of great designers. However, there are many other subjects that are important yet neglected.

  • Barcelona, March 12-13, 2020

    Call for papers III Simposio de la FHD: To be or not to be: Design’s rol in the contruction of identities

    The 12 th and 13 th of march 2020 will take place at the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona the Third Symposium of the FHD, entitled “To be or not to be: el papel del diseño en la construcción de identidades”. Dates:
    The III Symposium will take place on March 12 and 13, 2020, at the Design Museum of Barcelona. The working language will be Spanish. Abstracts and proposals in english will be accepted, as well.

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    Registration to the III Symposium FHD

    More information:
    Fundación Historia del Diseño/@FHDisseny
    Tel. 93513929
    Còrsega 176, Bajos-Int.
    08036 Barcelona


  • Barcelona, November 21-22, 2019

    The Textile and Fashion Studies Group announces the II Colloquium of Researchers in Textile and Fashion, under the motto “Names in the Shadow”

    Names in the Shadow
    Design Museum of Barcelona
    21-22 November 2019

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    Check the Conferences program Programa II Coloquio and abstracts booklet AAFF_Nombres en la sombra

    The Textile and Fashion Studies Group calls for the presentation of paper proposals for the II Colloquium of Researchers in Textile and Fashion that, under the motto “Names in the Shadow”, wants to make visible unknown authors of the textile and fashion field.

    The Textile and Fashion Studies Group, attached to the Fundación Historia del Diseño, wants to be an exchange space designed to promote research and knowledge dissemination in the fields of textiles and fashion through the development of joint projects. Likewise, it wants to ensure the conservation of the textile heritage, as well as public and private archives and collections. The Group aims to study the world of textiles and clothing from a multidisciplinary perspective that includes history, art, technology, sociology, design and museology. Some of the specific interests of its members are the raw materials, the textile design, the samples of industrial fabrics, the knitwear, the lace, the prints, the popular and theater costumes, innovative fabrics, textile collecting, creators and production companies, the fashion system, the means of diffusion and circulation of fashion, images, socio-economic history and the aesthetics of costumes, trade and international relations.

    The Group announces the II Colloquium of Researchers in Textile and Fashion, with the theme “Names in the Shadow”. In 2017 the I Colloquium took place with a large number of interesting papers that allowed researchers, in many cases working in isolation, to connect. In this second meeting, we want to put in value unknown authors for the first time, to bring to Textile and Fashion Studies with a new set of creators and professionals.

    The aim is to bring to light interesting stories of professional careers of creators linked to the textile and fashion world, such as designers, printers, embroiderers, lacemakers, cartoonists, tailors and dressmakers or stylists. The stories must overcome the familiar and local framework and help us to build a new history with new protagonists that until now have not been studied or published. These names can be  studied from history, art, sociology, anthropology or other disciplines.


    Registration to the II Colloquium will be made later through the website of the History of Design Foundation (

    More information:
    Fundación Historia del Diseño
    Tel. 93513929
    Còrsega 176, Bajos-Int.
    08036 Barcelona

  • 20/06/2018 - Activities FHD - Home

    The FHD annual reports

    From here you can access the annual reports of the Foundation since 2008 in pdf format and in Spanish.
    These documents include a summary of the projects and activities undertaken during the year.
    Likewise you can also check the annual financial report of the Foundation.

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    MEMORIA FHD 2017
    MEMORIA FHD 2016
    MEMORIA FHD 2015
    MEMORIA FHD 2014
    MEMORIA FDH 2013
    MEMORIA FHD 2012
    MEMORIA FHD 2011
    MEMORIA FHD 2010
    MEMORIA FHD 2009
    MEMORIA FHD 2008

  • Barcelona, 29, 30 & 31 October 2018

    Open registration for the ICDHS Conference in Barcelona!

    Reduced price for early registration until July 31!

    It is now possible to register for the 10 + 1 conference of the International Committee of Design History and Design Studies (ICDHS), which will be held in Barcelona from October 29 to 31, with the theme “Back to the Future. The future in the past “, which refers to the legacy of the previous editions of this biennial conference and to the numerous areas of research that have been discussed since its first edition in Barcelona, ​​in 1999.
    Thus, in this edition the communications have been grouped into ten thematic blocks, ranging from “Territories in the scene of globalised Design: localisms and cosmopolitisms”, to “Vehicles of design criticism”. The thematic axes can be consulted here:
    During the three days of the conference, about 170 communications will be presented by some of the most internationally recognized historians and design professionals.
    For reasons of capacity, the ICDHS 10 + 1 conference will host a maximum of 300 participants. Therefore, both authors and attendees must register in advance.
    You can consult all the information about the conference and register at the following link: