There are numerous examples of artists or even scientists whose work or even inventions have played an important part in history, but in whose names have been forgotten or even whose names are actually unfamiliar by the vast majority of people. This really is also the case for Mariano Fortuny, a Spanish designer for whom the brand “multidisciplinary” falls rather brief. Painter, fashion designer, set developer, sculptor, and photographer, are just a few of his many vocations. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth- he was born into a category of artists in Granada within 1871-, the Istituto Europeo di Design Madrid (IED Madrid) and the FortunyM Tradition Foundation (a group of specialists from the Arts and social sector in Spain) are usually hosting “Universo Fortuny”, a good initiative that seeks to tell the public and introduce this to this great Spanish ethnic and artistic reference, who might be an eternal stranger simultaneously.
During the days of the event, Thursday night February 4th and Thurs February 11th, four digital lectures take place, open to all the public, to promote and share the Spanish designer’s beauty but also to highlight their entrepreneurial spirit as an global reference of art plus beauty. “It’s the first time we now have collaborated together but the concept to host an educational initiative about such a flexible mastermind as Mariano Fortuny, matched the IED soul perfectly. Our school is not really solely focused on fashion, but additionally on graphic design plus product design”, explains Moisés Nieto, the Scientific Movie director of the Fashion Design College at IED Madrid.
”Universo Fortuny” iis a remarkable opportunity to get to know the most personal part of one of the most influential geniuses of the second of the twentieth century and to reflect on the particular timeless nature of their legacy. For Pilar Torrecillas, the President and person in the FortunyM Culture Basis, “the beautiful part of these kinds of projects is the way all of us perceive them with anticipation plus excitement”. For her and many others, Fortuny was and continues to be great inspiration. “Great Spanish style designers such as Cristóbal Balenciaga or Manuel Pertegaz verified it and considered your pet an example. And although it is definitely contradictory, he is also a large stranger. An authentic raw diamond”, adds Pilar. And what could be the main reason for this? Certainly this really is thanks to the fact that after their death, despite giving portion of his heritage to The country, which rejected it, their wife Henriette Negrin, given it to Venice, in which the wonderful Fortuny Museum continues to be created. Ultimately, his heritage belongs to Italy, states Pilar Torrecillas. For this reason, “the Foundation was established 4 years ago with the goal in order to reclaim Mariano Fortuny great connection to the city of Granada, the artist’s birthplace”, describes Torrecillas.
“Everything that fashion provides claimed nowadays such as technologies, craftsmanship and innovation, produced a part of his creative activity”, says designer Torrecillas. A good influence that she their self has incorporated when it comes to her very own collections on behalf of her style label Pilar Dalbat. A subject she will talk about in the girl lecture “Fashion’s Techniques plus Discoveries”.
At the IED This town, this influence culminates within an exposition in the Gran Capitán Center in Granada, that will take place in the month associated with June. Students of IED’s Fashion School will reinterpret Fortuny’s iconic styles plus prints from a modern viewpoint. In the exposition, the site visitors will be able to view a combination of advanced techniques, such as block publishing and silkscreen printing, along with pleating and other methods that will characterize the artist. Additionally , pieces with a continuous printing spread out over different components will be on display, which reimagine the patterns most utilized by the artist.
The series of classes by the name of “Universo Fortuny”, promoted by The spanish language fashion designer Moisés Nieto for the IED Madrid as well as the FortunyM Culture Foundation will be held at Thursday February 4th plus Thursday February 11th and it is open to the public. Those who desire to attend the virtual occasion can register on the institute’s official website.
Images: Courtesy of the FortunyM Culture Foundation
This article was previously published upon FashionUnited. ES and converted to English by Veerle Versteeg.