Mariano Fortuny – The Avant-Garde Designer
Coming from a long line of creatives, Mariano Fortuny dabbled in painting, lighting and textile design; however, he’s best known for his work as a fashion designer. The Spanish designer dressed avant-garde women at the beginning of the 20th century almost exclusively in his Delphos gown. Unlike most designers whose collections evolve over time, Fortuny’s classically-inspired Delphos gown became his unwavering signature, only slightly varying in color with an added peplum or belt. Fortuny’s Delphos gowns were constructed of finely pleated silk and weighed down by tiny glass beads. At a time when the rigid s-curve corset was in fashion, the body conscious Delphos gown was worn only by the most daring of women, and it took years before women would wear the slinky dress outside of the home.