In This Issue:

Special Feature: Seville International Flamenco Fashion Show
January Classes
Spanish Culture Feature: History of the Flamenco Dress

We hope you had a happy and restful holiday season. Here we are in 2022!

Start your year with some Flamenco – our January class schedule is out. Space is still available. Regardless of what the current covd restrictions are, we have options for you. In-person classes (Halifax) and our special hybrid classes, where you can join our studio classes online.

Special Feature

Seville International Flamenco Fashion Show

Photo credits: REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

Seville is set to become the world Flamenco capital thanks to SIMOF, (Salón Internacional de la Moda Flamenca) the International Flamenco Fashion show, to be held February 1st to the 4th, 2022. This is a top professional sector fair and is the main showcase for unique traditional costumes, influenced by the most up to date trends.

Photo credits: REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

SIMOF has grow from an artisanal fair to an industry showcase, featuring all types of fashion articles related to Andalusian culture and claiming the top spot as a source for Flamenco fashion trends.

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The Flamenco fashion sector is growing every year. This is a niche industry composed of roughly 7,000 companies and 20,000 workers.   In 2017 its estimated exports were 120 million euros. This makes it  an important part of the Spanish economy, serving clients all over the world.


January Classes!

Spaces still available! We have Flamenco and Ballet classes both in-person and hybrid/online.


History of the Flamenco Dress

The flamenco dress is a very distinctive element in flamenco shows.It could be considered a fourth element in this musical style whose three main components are singing, percussion and dancing. The staging and costuming play an important part in every show.

According to Rosa Maria Martinez Moreno’s book “Dressing in Flamenco or By Tradition Came the Grace”, there are several facts that make this style occupy the privileged position it has today.  All historians agree that in the 1800’s and before, Andalucian peasant wives accompanied their husbands to the livestock fairs dressed in the frilly dresses they wore, while doing  their daily chores.  These dresses ended up attracting the attention of bourgeois ladies and they began to adopt this style.

Romanticism was a popular literary genre at the time, which encouraged the decorative style with more exclusive and delicate elements.

In 1929,  Seville’s April Fair became a celebrated Fiesta, evolving from its initial commercial and agricultural origin. During that same year the Ibero – American Exhibition was held, where flamenco dresses were visibly prominent and thus became institutionalized as a typical costume.

Flamenco dress: traditional and modern

Although the flamenco dress has undergone many transformations it continues to have a unique timeless character.  Thousands of women wear the dresses each year, adapting it to new trends, without losing the personality of their roots. Accessories such as combs, flowers, shawls,  fringes and lace are essentials for this costume.

In the 1950’s flamenco dresses were adorned with ribbons and large satin bows. In addition it was designed with bulky sleeves and shawls that crossed over the chest.

The trend continued in the 1980’s overloading the flamenco dress, with more ornaments and patterned fabric. The silhouette of the dress was  narrowed to under the derriere, making it a more suggestive shape with necklines and hips becoming more accentuated.

In the 1990’s flamenco costumes became more moderate, leaving aside much of the previous ornamentation.  The flamenco dress was changing with the times and it became simpler. Colours and simple polka dot patterns were highlighted.

Editor’s note:

My theory as to  why the flamenco dress silhouette has endured is that it is so flattering on a woman’s body and makes you feel like you are on an adventure. All part of the flamenco spirit!