Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York presents the rich history of Spain’s regional dresses in combination with the monumental paintings of Valencial artist Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida through a beautiful exhibition curated by Oscar de la Renta and Andre Leon Talley.

  The exhibition is showing more than ten paintings and over thirty rare pieces of traditional spanish outfits and accesories for men and women, combined with overwhelming creations by Cristobal Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Stefano Pilati for YSL, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Marchesa, showing Spain’s great influence on fashion.

  Art and fashion share the stage in a new exhibition of Joaquín Sorolla’s paintings which are shown alongside a lavish display of traditional Spanish dress.

  The bullfighter’s “traje de luces” (suit of lights).

  Jewerly that will  be very influential for fashion.

       Valencian embellished gowns of brocaded silk

Mantón de Manila 
(shawl), 19th century Collection of Naty Abascal © Craig McDean / Courtesy of Art + Commerce

 Traje de luces 9 bullfighter’s suit ) by Fermin, 1950s – 1960s Worn by Antonio Ordonez and Capote de paseo ( bullfighter’s ceremonial cape), 1940s worn by Carlos Azurra. Collection of Bohorquez Domecq, S.L.

 Traje corto (riding ensemble), c. 1961 Collection of the Duchess of Alba © Craig McDean /  Courtesy of Art + Commerce  

 The 18th Duchess of Alba wearing a traje corto, Seville, 1961.Photo: Loomis Dean/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

 Joaquin Sorolla’s Flamenco Dancer, 1914.  Photo: Courtesy of Museo Sorolla, Madrid

 Penelope Cruz in Oscar De La Renta, Vogue 2007  Photographed by Annie Leibovitz

 Oscar de la Renta (L) and Andre Leon Talley attend the Joaquin Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress VIP opening gala at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute on December 7, 2011 in New York City.

 Her Majesty Queen Sofia and Oscar De la Renta


Queen Sofía Spanish Institute
684 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
T:(212) 628 0420

DECEMBER 8, 2011 – MARCH 10, 2012

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