NY Exhibition Gets to the “Roots” of Spanish Fashion

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Fashion from 21 Spanish designers is on display at the Gabarron Foundation in midtown.

New York—Paris may forever seem like the epicenter of fashion, but Spain is making sure it has a rightful place in the annals of fashion.

In a new exhibition that opens Thursday at the Gabarrón Foundation, 21 designers pay tribute to Spanish fashion in “Back to the Roots…A journey into the future of craftsmanship”, presented by the Association of Spanish Fashion Designers (ACME).

Influences from the 16th to 21st Centuries

The exhibition covers fashion from the 16th to 18th centuries, when Spain, then a world superpower, played a dominant role in dress, moving on to the impact made by designers such as Fortuny, Balenciaga and Antonio del Castillo throughout the 20th century, and not forgetting the invaluable input of current designers like Paco Rabanne and Manolo Blahnik, big companies like Inditex and Mango and champions of luxury like Loewe.

The designs reveal the significance of Spanish fashion and its effects on the industry down the ages. Value is placed on the creation of fashion, not only as a physical, hand-made craft but intellectually in the conception and development of a collection.

The exhibition has been organized in partnership with Spain Arts & Culture and the Spanish Embassy in the United States.

Designs included in the exhibition are by Amaya Arzuaga, Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada, Ailanto, Ana Locking, Andrés Sardá, Custo Barcelona, Davidelfín, Devota & Lomba, Duyos, Elisa Palomino, Francis Montesinos, Helena Rohner, Ion Fiz, Jesús del Pozo, Juanjo Oliva, Lemoniez, Miguel Palacio, Miriam Ocáriz, Nicolás Vaudelet, Roberto Torretta and Teresa Helbig.

The exhibition runs through Oct 31 at the Gabarrón Foundation, located at 149 East 38th Street in New York City. www.gabarronfoundation.org