Flamenco Dress

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The Flamenco dress “traje de flamenca” in spanish, is a typical spanish dress from Andalucía, region situated in the south.

In our shop we offer you a selection of cheap flamenco dresses, short flamenco dresses and sevillanas dresses, to wear during the flamenco fashion season or private parties. Besides flamenco and gypsy dresses, you can also find flamenco accessories and skirts, to show off an original look.

Also flamenco dresses for girls, seasonal and on offer. Soon we will offer new designs for any kind of private event, flamenco event and fairs. In FlamencoDress.one you will always find flamenco dresses that stand out for their design and unbeatable price.

Flamenco dress for girls

With these funny dresses, girls will enjoy any party and will have fun learning Flamenco dancing!

But... What is Flamenco?

Flamenco was born in South Spain (Andalucía). It´s an art form that comes in two forms: Music and Dance. In music, Singing and Guitar play a fundamental role, although there are other instruments (such as percussion) and accompaniments (such as clapping) that are generally present and play a very important role.

The Dance is very expressive and each part of the body has to move in a coordinated way. The feet, the legs, the hips, the waist, the arms, the hands, the fingers, the shoulders, the head…

flamenco dance

To learn flamenco, as in other artistic manifestations, two ingredients are necessary: Soul and technique. And this is not an easy goal when we consider that flamenco is very rich and complicated. There are more than 50 “Palos” of flamenco. Each “Palo” has its own rhythm, its own harmony and, in case it is a danceable palo, each one will be performed with a different dance.

Palos of flamenco

To simplify, we could group the Palos in two groups or styles:

1) Flamenco Jondo (=hondo), a serious style that expresses deep and often tragic feelings. Here, themes such as love, disappointment or sorrow are treated, and danced with a very deep and intimate expression. This is why it is the most difficult to understand for those who are not initiated in flamenco, and is most often performed in expert circles or in theatres or concert halls. Examples of “Jondo” are: Farruca, Martinete, Minera, Petenera, Soleá and Tiento.

2) Flamenco Festero is a more joyful art. As the word itself says, it is performed at parties and celebrations in Andalusia. The themes treated are joyful, whether they are about love and feelings, or evoking places, fiestas and flamenco stages, or even sometimes comedy. Examples of Flamenco Festero are: Sevillanas, Rumba, Tanguillos, Bulerias and Alegrias.

Naturally there are many palos and many interpretations that are not easily catalogued. In any case, what is common to all flamenco is that it is feeling. And to express that feeling, flamenco uses very strong forms, which generally do not leave anyone cold; one can love or hate flamenco.

The History of the Flamenco dress

Have you ever asked yourself, why do Flemish women dress like that? The flamenco dress is characteristic of flamenco dancers and is also used in popular festivities and fairs related to Andalusia. But where do they come from? Why are they so conspicuous and carry so many flounces?

 

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To your astonishment, the origins of these stunning outfits go back to the Minoan civilization, where we find terracotta and ivory statuettes of girls dressed in long pharaoh skirts and tight bodices.

But it was not until the 19th century that this typical fashion took off thanks to gypsy women and Andalusian peasants. They would go to the cattle fairs dressed in percale robes adorned with modestly woven ruffles that gave them a wavy flight as they walked. They used colourful and cheerful fabrics that enhanced their bodies.
Later, the wealthier classes copied the attire and took it to a more elaborate extreme.

This fashion was consecrated as a cultural tradition at the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition, where dressing in flamenco became the indispensable element for attending the Fair, without distinction between classes or ages. It was the first ‘Feria de Abril‘ held in Seville, which marked the before and after of a tradition that has reached an emblematic meaning of the Spanish world.

Flamenco Dress 2

The official costume of this event was characterized by the shape of the “guitar body“, as it was tight to the body and opened at the hips like a flower where the flounces begin, which enhance the curves of women.

Different necklines are used: pointed, round or square -depending on the time-, while the hair is gathered in a chignon to expose the neck. Over the years, the details have varied and the accessories are chosen according to taste, but Manila shawls, flowers in the hair, bobbin lace, ribbons and embroidered strips still prevail.

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