Palais Galliera Stages First Paris Retrospective on Mariano Fortuny

PARIS — The Palais Galliera is capping its Spanish season with an exhibition on Mariano Fortuny, the first of its kind to be staged in the French capital.
“Fortuny, a Spaniard in Venice,” which opened on Thursday, features more than 100 pieces from the French fashion museum’s collection, the Museo Fortuny in Venice, and the Museo del Traje, Madrid’s fashion museum.
Among the star exhibits are several examples of his Delphos gown, which has been worn by famous women ranging from Isadora Duncan and Lauren Bacall to Natalia Vodianova and Lauren Hutton. Designed in 1909, it is made from fine pleated silk taffeta and covered in albumin, which gives it its distinctive gloss.
“Fortuny’s biggest influence is that his pieces are still worn today,” said Sophie Grossiord, head curator at the Palais Galliera.
But the show also gives a deeper insight into Fortuny, the son of a famous Spanish artist, who started out as a painter himself and also had a prolific career in stage design and stage lighting, in addition being active in photography and engraving. Born in Granada in 1871, he moved to Venice in 1888.
Between 1903 and 1933, he filed no less than 20 patents in Paris. Among his inventions was

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Source: Women’s Wear Daily
Palais Galliera Stages First Paris Retrospective on Mariano Fortuny

Palais Galliera Stages First Paris Retrospective on Mariano Fortuny

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