Fashion & Accessories

By Alexandra Taylor

This new year enjoy a weekend with a bit of arts and culture. Explore the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, on Park Avenue, and its newly displayed exhibition, “Joaquín Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress.” The exhibition explores the rich history of Spain’s regional clothing style through the significant and impressive work of Valencian artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. Sorolla was one of the most celebrated artists of his time for his ability to capture the day-to-day atmosphere.

The exhibit was conceived by iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, the Chairman of the Institute’s Board of Directors and curated by André Leon Talley, editor-at-large, Vogue. The show features over ten paintings accompanied by typical costumes of the 19th century to showcase the vibrant depictions within the artist’s work. With over thirty examples of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, the show is an extensive presentation of the art of fashion.

From work wear to ceremonial dress, the diversity of costume is seen throughout. On display, the styles represent the opulent and vivid Spanish dress seen as well in the bold brushstrokes of Sorolla’s paintings. From bright color palettes and lavish embellishments to luxurious jewelry, the collection indicates both the affluence and everyday attire of Spanish dress. The collection also highlights the work of contemporary fashion designers whose work has been influenced by Spanish dress, including Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel), Sefano Pilati (Yves Saint Laurent) and Christian Lacroix.

“Joaquín Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress” is on view at the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute through March 10, 2012; http://www.spanishinstitute.org

684 Park Ave, at 68th Street, New York, NY 212-628-0120

Originally published January 2012
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