Exhibition File – Fortuny y Madrazo: An Artistic Legacy

image from Fortuny y Madrazo: An Artistic Legacy, from Queen Sofía Spanish Institute

Throughout the fashion historical cannon, there are few artists and designers like Fortuny. He was one of a kind and years ahead of his peers when it came to women’s fashion.

Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, known simply as Fortuny, founded his couture house in 1906. He radically reinvented the silhouette, favoring designs that mimicked Greek styles and shunned the corset. His most famous gowns were the Delphos gowns, seen below on the left and middle mannequins. They are entirely made of delicately pleated silk and are a marvel to behold. No one has figured out exactly what method Fortuny used to create his pleated masterpieces.

An exhibition at the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute looks deep into Fortuny’s work and his familial sources of inspiration. Fortuny y Madrazo: An Artistic Legacy aims to contextualize Fortuny’s work amongst his matrilineal and paternal heritage. Both sides of his family have important roles in art history — his mother’s side is full of artists, curators, and collectors and his father was the Spanish artist Mariano Fortuny y Marsal.

Fortuny’s textiles, fashion designs, paintings, lithographs, and photographs are exhibited along side the work of his father and mother’s family to show how strong of an influence his ancestors played on his work.

Fortuny y Madrazo: An Artistic Legacy sounds really fascinating to me. It runs until March 30.

Address: Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, 684 Park Avenue, New York, New York
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10-6, Friday 10-8, Saturday 10-5
Admission: members $10, non-members $15, students and seniors $5
Website: spanishinstitute.org/exhibitions-programming/exhibitions/fortuny-y-madrazo-an-artistic-legacy


  1. jan says:

    Dear Jacqueline,

    I would like to be in touch with you. I have an original garment in good condition by Mariano Fortuny with his original seal. I lost my partner last year and need to sell. I was hoping you might be able to point me in the right direction. I have pictures if you are interested.

    Thank you so much, Jan

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