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The importance of the costume in the flamenco dance

  1. By the '90s, the dress had changed to be less voluminous with a more streamlined look.
  2. A Modern Flamenco dancer has to study the Spanish dance for many years, both with and without props like fans and castanets.
  3. One of the biggest moments for this fusion came with the release of the 1996 album Omega, a collaboration between cantaor Enrique Morente and Lagartija Nick, a rock group from Granada.
  4. All over Spain there are thousands of 'fiestas' and 'ferias'; many of these involve flamenco and in most cases, flamenco dresses will be worn.
  5. In the 1950s, the women added stitched lace and belts for comfort. This was the first step toward the professionalization of flamenco and it being established as a musical genre.

Flamenco Dress History By Jorina Fontelera The roots of the flamenco dress can be traced to Andalusian women who accompanied livestock traders to livestock fairs in Seville. Andalusia is a region in southern Spain where gypsies flamencos lived.

Flamenco is their traditional song and dance, and the costume reflects that culture. Since the dance became part of the mainstream in the early 19th century, the dress has evolved, but the Andalusian influence remained.

Flamenco Dress History Early Years Andalusian women accompanied their husbands, who were cattle traders, to the livestock fair in Seville. They were simple peasants and dressed in calico robes with a few frills, but the colors were lively and they accentuated the women's bodies.

Early Years

It wasn't until the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition that Spain's upper classes accepted this type of dress for attending the fair. Dress Shape The dress was designed to enhance a woman's figure and hide flaws.

  • It's the colour and life-blood of Spain and its encouraged at an early age;
  • This is the form of Flamenco in which you are most likely to find Flamenco dancers in extravagant, frilly dresses.

The original dress had a guitar-shaped body with a low neck. With the hair pulled back in a bun, a round or square neck made the wearer's neck appear thinner. The dress was cinched around the waist and widened at the hips.

The frills are meant to enhance the way a woman walks and various accessories, such as scarves and flowers, added to the flirty style. They added flowers, combs and hidden money pockets to the dresses as well.

In the 1950s, the women added stitched lace and belts for comfort. The dress was also shortened so shoes were visible. The same calico cloth was used in both decades. Dress makers began to use tergal--a base of cotton and embroidered cloth--as the main decorative feature. As the skirt length was shortened, the sleeve was made longer, reaching the elbows or the wrists.

In the '70s, the skirt was lengthened once again to reach the ankles.

Flamenco Dress History

By the '90s, the dress had changed to be less voluminous with a more streamlined look. It did not, however, lose its sensuality. In fact, it became more simple and more similar to the original flamenco dress. The Millennium The flamenco dress still reflects the past while looking to the future. Poplin is being used once again, along with the close fit. However, the dress now also comes in a two-piece style.