150th Anniversary of the Birth of Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, a revolutionary designer

by Esther Pérez

We suggest that on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo we approach his legacy through a visit to the Museo del Traje that you can find on its website (Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949) – Museo del Traje | Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte).

This artist, who was born in Spain but lived in Italy and who revolutionised fashion, began his career as a textile designer through the performing arts. One of his contributions is the recovery of the natural fibers of silk, cotton, and linen. He finds inspiration in every historical period and artistic style, adjusting to the chromatic palette of each moment.

Fortuny’s influence still visible in contemporary artists, reflected in the tributes paid to him by fashion designers such as Givenchy or Issey Miyake, the latter who continues the path of Mariano Fortuny with his designs.

To find out more about his work as a Spanish painter, engraver and stage designer, you can visit his works in the Prado Museum.

Image: Museo del Traje

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