Sophia Jobim devoted herself to the study of clothing throughout her life. A highly reputed professor and researcher in the first half of the 20th century, she was an excellent illustrator and produced hundreds of watercolors and drawings, which were used as didactic material in her classes. The National History Museum, holder of the collection bequeathed by Sophia, presents here the allegorical costumes she created.
In her travels she has attended to many courses and done a lot of research. She attended the Central Art School, the South Kensington Museum and the British Institute in London. She also studied at the Carnavalet in Paris, the Traphagen School of Fashion and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Benaki Museum in Athens, and the Cairo Museum in Egypt.
The Sophia Jobim collection of the National History Museum has more than 6,000 documents, from which we highlight its iconographic work. Sophia designed costumes for the theater and cinema, for her classes on clothing, and for publications in newspapers and magazines. The allegorical costumes we display here have been subject of several researches. The reason why Sophia has drawn these costumes is still unknown. They could have been used as didactic material or for a play. Or they could have been an exercise for identification of regional clothing attributes. But her ability as an illustrator and her artistic talent is evident in each of the designs and reveals the talented artist she was.
President of Brazil
Minister of State for Culture
President of Brazilian Museums Institute
Marcelo Mattos Araújo
Director of National History Museum
Paulo Knauss de Mendonça
Américo David Aurélio
Vania Drummond Bonelli
MHN - 2017