Sorry for my silence, but I’ve got something to share. My second Fashion One-Oh-One post on Raincoast Creative Salon is up today! Go on and read about Fortuny and his Delphos gown.
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