Written: Jan 18, 2016
We love flamenco is to Seville what the New York Fashion week is to..well..pretty much everyone in the fashion industry. Flamenco has been a part of Andalusia since the late 18th century. A mixture of Spanish folklore, Indian and African sounds.
Flamenco was popularized by the Roma people of Andalusia. It is still going strong today. Here are some images from the “We love flamenco” occasion. A yearly, runway event held in Seville, not only to showcase amazingly talented designers, but to also help raise money for charity.
Such amazing and detailed flamenco dress outfits on these lovely models..
We love Flamenco show in Seville:
This year, the affair was held at the historic Hotel Alfonso XIII, a five-star luxury hotel located in the Santa Cruz neighborhood, just a stone’s throw away from the Real Alcazar Palace. Thanks to the event production coordinator, Miss Maria Ruiz, who was able to secure a press pass as very few bloggers were allowed to attend.
Federico is a professional photographer, and he was obviously really happy to attend as his favourite type of photography is fashion, what he had worked at for years in L.A and Melbourne. Needless to say, the event was sold out. The monied people of Seville were out in full force to get a glimpse of the outfits that will surely come off the runway, and be worn by the ladies come the Seville Feria in April.
It is not unusual for the outfit selection to take months, and cost thousands of euros. I, in particular, have a strong affinity for flamenco outfits as well as the music. They remind me so much of home. You can see the similarities of course, the bold colours and the “let your imagination run wild” designs.
Over six days which started on the 12th of January, in half hour bursts, collections are featured on the runaway to a full house. The shows Federico documented were on Saturday at 5.30 and 6PM. These are just a taste of the various, magnificent outfits. It would be impossible to show all of them of course, but l hope you can get a sense of how grand this whole affair is.
The Oscars could not have outdone it presentation wise. I can’t wait now for the feria of the year as l would like to see if l can recognize some of these outfits on people. Fun fact- the ladies don’t carry handbags. “wallets” are actually sewn into the bottom of the dresses to keep cell phones, make up etc. You gotta love that, stylish and practical :-). It was a big surprise the first time l saw a lady reach for her cell and wallet from the pouch. Innovative!
Flamenco Show Sevilla:
In case you’re curious about male flamenco dancers on the runway, here you go! :-)
The models owned the runway. After the first collection, a male flamenco dancer entertained the audience with a foot stomping, crowd pleasing performance. Then it was on to the next collection. Finally, the designers came out to receive well deserved recognition in the form of wild applause and standing ovations.
The models were all gorgeous and professional. It must have been pressure cooker hot under all the lights and the speed with which they changed outfits was mind-boggling according to Federico. I guess grace under pressure would be one of the requirements of being a runway model. Not me then ;-).
One thing l found amazing is that these models are so thin and waif like looking, then they turn around and BAM! bodacious bums!!! How is that possible? Makes me wonder if there is padding built-in to those outfits! What say ye?:-). No matter, as the end result, pardon the pun is quite pleasing.
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Flamenco Sevilla: Wrap up
Amazing show and collection. You can see the work that went into the outfits, and why it takes a long time to tamke each one and definitely why flamenco dresses cost as much as they do. I had initially been shocked at someone spending thousands on a custom outfit like this, but as l found out later, they are passed down from generation to generation and are treasured. So yeah, I can justify the cost.
Have you ever been to a feria? What do you think of this flamenco collection? Which one of these outfits is your favourite? Would you wear any and totally flaunt it like l would :-).