What Is the History of Flamenco Dresses?


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The traditional flamenco dress was originally worn by Spanish gypsies (Romani) in the 19th and 20th centuries. Women wore the dresses when they accompanied livestock farmers to Prado de San Sebasti√°n, who would show their cattle and compete for prizes.

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This gathering would later become Seville's April Fair, which attracted many people from all over the city. Other women began adopting the Romani women's type of dress, and the style became more common among all classes, including very distinguished ones.

The school says the original flamenco dress was form-fitting, ankle length and had layers of ruffles in the skirt and on the sleeves. It typically came in red, black and white. However, as style evolved, so did the flamenco dress. The 1960s and 70s saw a slightly higher hemline, but then the dresses went back to their original length.

Some designers, such as Saint Laurent, John Galliano and Tom Form, have shown adaptations of the classic dress. There is even a fashion show in Seville dedicated entirely to modern flamenco dress interpretations. Today, they are found in a variety of colors and patterns, and can have embellishments such as embroidery, ribbons and lace.

The flamenco dress is not just a costume, but an important part of Spanish heritage, culture and tradition. Today, it is the official outfit of the Seville Fair.

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