André Leon Talley adds another notch to his curating belt (he previously curated an exhibit for SCAD) this December for the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute's newest exhibition, Joaquín Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress, dreamed up by Oscar de la Renta.
The exhibit explores the sartorial history of Spain's various regions through the work of Valencian painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. More than 30 examples of Spanish men's and women's clothing and accessories will appear alongside stunning tableaus, ranging from everyday attire to more dramatic formal wear.
The exhibition will include pieces donated by the likes of Daphne Guinness, The Spanish Ministry of Culture, as well as jewelry and clothing from Sr. Sorolla's own collection, dating as far back as a century ago when he was comissioned by The Hispanic Society of America to paint depictions of rural life in Spain. A brocaded Valencian silk gown, wedding dress, and several embellished matador costumes worn by toreadors of note are a few of the featured pieces.
The exhibit is set to launch December 8th, 2011 and run until March 10, 2012. Catch it at The Queen Sofía Spanish Institute located at 684 Park Avenue in New York City. For more information, go to the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute's website.
We'll certainly be making a visit. After all, you can't go wrong with great art and great fashion.