Fashion’s love affair with flamenco and how to wear it!

Few regional costumes are as recognizable as the flamenco or gypsy dress. It is a garment that reflects the sign of identity of the Andalusian culture, a garment that is present in the traditional festivals and pilgrimages that are held in Andalusia.

We can say that it is the only Spanish regional costume that has evolved over time, becoming a reference of Spanish culture and a fashion icon, since every year the flamenco costume is renewed and reinvented with new materials, accessories or prints.

Its roots are in Seville and in the custom that peasant and gypsy women had at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century of wearing a gown with frills as a uniform to do their work.

It is a garment that has been transformed over time according to fashion. It is a long dress, which usually has a marked round or square neckline, tapering at the waist and then opening at the hip and reaching the ankles. It is decorated with ruffles on the skirt and sleeves. They usually have bright colours and the most typical pattern is polka dots, although there are also plain ones.

Its evolution has reached the Parisian catwalks that have inspired many of the great designers such as Chanel, MuiMui, Valentino or Off-White.

Just as on the catwalks, flamenco fashion has left its mark on street style.

The most seen trend during many seasons are the ruffles as we can see their application in skirts, dresses, shirts . . . we can not rule out the print par excellence of the flamenco dress which are the polka dots which we will have very present this season.

Sofía Calatayud.