These meticulously crafted examples offer scores of inspiration. Velvet, boiled wool, appliqued buckskin and boiled wool, ribbons, metallic embroidery, lace and ruffles assembled with a distinctively recognizable Spanish style. Apparently the Spaniards spurned everything French as a result of Napoleon’s invasion and developed their own fashions known as traje majo a style drawn from the matador and gypsy.
Kudos to the lighting designer as well as everybody else involved in the creation of this great exhibit.
That would be Oscar de la Renta, chairman of the Institute and curator Andre Leon Talley.