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Flamenco Costumes: History and Styles of Today

An overview of flamenco costumes since the 1800s

D. Velasco

on 4 December 2012

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Transcript of Flamenco Costumes: History and Styles of Today

Dancing unadorned Carmen Amaya in "Los Tarantos" Pre 1800s: Gitanerias Gypsy neighborhoods in Spain, created out of forced settlement. Flamenco took place only within these enclosed communities. The origin of the flamenco dress is a Gypsy work dress worn to livestock fairs. The Classic Flamenca Manton, bata de cola, lunares 1800s to 1910: Tabernas to Cafes Cantantes In the early 1800's Flamenco took the stage at small blacksmith's taverns, "tabernas". In the 1850's, these evolved into larger bars where dancers performed commercially. Costumes became more elaborate. 1910-1950: Theatrical Period Costumes became more showy. Fans and castanets were incorporated into the dances. 1950s: Resurgence Flamenco recovers some of its original personality, and expands in new directions. Carmen Amaya embraced and broke with tradition. Tradition and Evolution Women's Flamenco Costumes Elements of Flamenco Costume Polka Dots Elements of Flamenco Costume Shawl: Manton Originally came to Spain from the Phillippines in the 16th century. Used by working classes and aristocrats alike, for warmth and fashion. Rumored to have evolved from small round mirrors worn by Gypsies to ward off evil spirits. Elements of Flamenco Costume Fan and Bata de Cola Bata De Cola Used in many dances, traditionally Alegrias, the oldest flamenco dance. The Bata has made a strong comeback in the last decade. Looks of Today Sara Baras Looks of Today Sara Baras Looks of Today Pastora Galvan Looks of Today Rocio Molina Sources Assumma, Maria Cristina. "Evoluzioni del Traje de Gintana”| “Abito e identita." 2008. 167-192.

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Patterson, Eric, “The Epochs of Flamenco History” | “Encounters.” Fall 1990. 1960s forward 1960s: short dresses
1980s: Lace & Satin ribbons
1990s: Simple, clean lines, silky materials
2000: A mix of tradition and innovation Elements of Flamenco Costume Shoes
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