Art, Style, Travel

Kidnaped Between Past and Future

May 27, 2016

It was THAT kind of day. I still have goose bumps when reminding it. After more than three weeks in Barcelona I started to feel quite familiar with the city. But THAT day I decided to go outside the historical area I had been exploring during the earlier weeks. And so I found myself in a concrete jungle, so much different from the streets I had known before. With some hesitations I walked to the modern building of Museu del Disseny de Barcelona. I felt like a unique experience was waiting for me.Before I had the time to realize what was happening, Señor in his late fifties took the control. He was wearing a perfect tailored suit and was equipped with the latest technologies I haven’t seen before. Señor welcomed me respectfully, but with a certain strictness which I didn’t understand quite well.

From the moment he looked at me I started to feel somehow insecure. He accepted the fact that I didn’t speak Catalan, with an obvious indignation. He barely spoke English, as almost everyone in the city, but I was able to understand I could have a coffee in the café. He said something like “You look too pale, I think you need to cheer up before the Journey.” I didn’t understand what he meant by the Journey, but I really wanted to have that coffee. 

It was a special café of the 23rd century. All the drinks, sandwiches and cakes looked fabulous, but it turned out that they are not only gluten and cholesterol free, but almost virtual.

After the short while, the body language of Señor motioned me I should rather move on.


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The long escalator took me to the top floor, all the time followed closely by Señor. The wall changed its color, when I was passing by, so it matched my jumpsuit, but that didn’t even surprise me. It seemed so much obvious.

Before I turned my head, I had heard horses neigh and was sitting in the fast going carriage. Moreover, I could hardly breath. My body was knitted in a corset with breasts pushed ridiculously up and the voluminous skirt spreading all around.

It was difficult to sit or going through the door because of the heavy gown. I had a big decorated hand fan and was fanning myself. Anything else, including the ability of thinking, was very limited.

Subsequently, my dresses kept changing as well as the furniture around. Fortunately, the empire style dress brought me some relief, when I was in the times after the French revolution. But then again, my skirt raised volume, firstly all around me, and later only in the back. I couldn’t really keep my head up under the weight of a huge hat and the head decorations.

Finally, in the twenties of the Twentieth century, my body could move freely in the dresses. I wished to stay longer in that period, looked at Señor with hope, but he shook his head. I wondered if I couldn’t at least keep the dress and the art deco table, but before I got the answer my dresses changed again. Soon I was a bit disgusted, when I found out we were already in the nineties. I wanted to ask Señor, if I could wear something from Yves Saint Laurent, but no answer came. Suddenly he was not there. I was on the way down by the escalator and at the box office, only the two young smiling girls were sitting, saying me politely goodbye.

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©Photos – Daniela Rifai from the Smell of Jasmine and Martin Jesny from Automobilista, Editing and Creative direction  – Daniela Rifai, music – Sometimes by Wax Tailor

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  • Reply Alessandra May 30, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Fabulous dress! Love the color, love the perfect fit in design!

    • Reply Daniela May 31, 2016 at 12:10 am

      Thank you Alessandra! ❤️


  • Reply Bernadette Angelie May 31, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    You look amazing on that dress! 🙂

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    • Reply Daniela June 1, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂


  • Reply Sandra - More Style Than Fashion May 31, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Looks like a great experience in that city! and the yellow dress is beautiful!

    x Sandra

    • Reply Daniela June 1, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      Thank you so much! Yes, that city is great! 🙂


  • Reply The Fashion Folks May 31, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Your dress is so chic, and the exhibition looks so good! Xx

    • Reply Daniela June 1, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      Thank you! 🙂


  • Reply Amy June 1, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Sounds like a neat experience! Love this dress on you. The color and cutouts are so unique.

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    • Reply Daniela June 1, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      Thank you so much Amy! 🙂


  • Reply Liz Nguyen June 2, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Your photos are so great! xx


    • Reply Daniela June 6, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you so much Liz!


  • Reply Adele June 6, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Such a great story! I love your writing and photos are beautiful!

    • Reply Daniela June 7, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you so much Adele! ?


  • Reply Adi June 7, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Beautiful shots!! Very interesting read!

    Adi xx

    • Reply Daniela June 9, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you dear! ?❤️


  • Reply benemgn June 8, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    beautiful blog and post !!

    • Reply Daniela June 9, 2016 at 5:07 pm

      Thank you so much!❤️


  • Reply michenn June 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    This shoot is so amazing and I love the dress you wore. The museum looks absolutely gorgeous and I love how you compliment it!


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