Oscar de la Renta and André Leon Talley Collaborate on New “Spanish Dress” Exhibit

Oscar de la Renta and André Leon Talley have teamed up to curate "Joaquín Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress, an exhibition on display now at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute."

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A Monton de Manila shawl from the 19th century is one of the pieces on display at the "Joaquin Sorolla and the Glory of a Spanish Dress" exhibit, which was curated by Oscar de la Renta and Andre Leon Tally.
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Oscar de la Renta and André Leon Talley have teamed up to curate "Joaquín Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress, an exhibition on display now at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute." The exhibit analyzes Spain's rich fashion history, its impact on Valencian artist Joaquín Sorolla, and the influence of Spanish fashion on modern style. Here, a Monton de Manila shawl from the 19th century.
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Talley told us of his collaboration with De La Renta: "He called me and asked if I wanted to do this with him, and I said of course. We went to Madrid for a week and went to the Museo del Traje, and the Museo Sorolla and the artist’s house and atelier." This painting is Joaquín Sorolla's Flamenco Dancer.
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"Spain is about an exaggeration of everything we love and we hate," says De la Renta. This gown is from the designer's Spring 2005 collection.
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A Traje De Luces, or bullfighter's suit, by Fermin, which is believed to be from the 1950s-1960s. Pink tights were considered lucky by bullfighters, and they also made their legs more visible to the crowds.
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Joaquín Sorolla's Characters from Lagartera. According to Talley, Sorolla regularly purchased garments before painting them, so that he could be sure to get the details just right.
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Christian Lacroix's wedding gown from his Fall 2009 haute couture collection is also among the pieces in the exhibit. The gown was influenced by Lacroix's research on patron saints. Spanish bullfighting is another overarching theme in Lacroix's work.
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De La Renta has long been inspired by Spanish fashion and Joaquín Sorolla's work (like Sorolla's Couple from Salamanca, here). The designer moved to Spain when he was 18, and recalled riding in a coach with gypsies going to Granada and weddings that lasted three days as experiences that have stuck with him from his time in the country.
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Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière’s helmet and leather tunic jacket from Fall 2006. Cristóbal Balenciaga hailed from Spain, and his influences have played a role in Ghesquière’s work for the label.
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Joaquín Sorolla's study for Before the Bullfight. What's special about this exhibition, Talley told us, is that it's about "modern couture as inspired by Spain." Of De La Renta -- who spearheaded the exhibition --Talley said: "This [exhibition] represents his roots."
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Joaquín Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress is on view until March 10, 2012 at the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute located at 684 Park Avenue. Visit SpanishInstitute.org for more information.
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