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Organized by the Museum of the Suit of Madrid and the Center of Studies Hispanic Europe, the International Congress has been celebrated recently “to Dress the Spaniard. Prestige and validity of the Spanish outfit in the European courts (XVIth and XVIIth centuries)”. For some days, experts of museums, universities and European and North American research centers have met to study the styles, pledges and colors that took in Europe between 1550 and 1650, fashion marked by the Spanish political hegemony. 

Ambassadors, princes and Spanish noblemen of the epoch of the Austrias spread the sober style of the Spanish court, characterized by the black color and the adornments scarcity. Many of the outfits are known for the court portraits of English or Spanish painters as a Velázquez, which immortalized in the linens infanta Margarita to Mariana de Austria or Felipe IV.

With this sugerente title, the Museum of the Suit and the General Subdepartment of Promotion of the Fine arts almost all Spanish inaugurate next November 7 until February 24, 2008 an Exhibition on the wedding dress, with 35 garments of the XIXth and XXth centuries. The models have been chosen attending on the diversity of forms, colors and styles, to show his evolution parallel to that of the fashion of the street, reflex of concrete social and economic periods. The Sample presents, also, an audio-visual one with the rest of the magnificent collection of garments of fiancée preserved in the Museum, big part of which have been donated by his proprietresses. 

In last centuries, humble seamstresses or small craftsmen were making the wedding dresses, when they were not done in the proper houses. With the emergence of the big signatures, the wedding fashion received special importance, from the being a luxurious gala suit for a few fleeting and only moments. With the time and the fall of the High fashion, it was going over to the current specialization of the sector, in which Spain stands out for his quality and design.
A big platform of tendencies of footwear and leather articles for spring - summer 2008: this is the summary of the last edition of the International Fair of the Footwear and leather Articles that it has counted with the presence of 17.212 professional visitors. The contest has confirmed his international projection since 18 % of the registered vistantes was foreigners proceeding in general from Portugal, Italy, Greece, France and Russia.

The Fair, which a new and interesting sectorización has released, has been also a stage of two exhibitions: the Austrian signature Swaroski presented a spectacular collection of shoes made with crystal pieces that were looking like sudden departures of the story “The Dogsbody”. Another sample was organized by the Museum of Footwear of Elda that projected images of different photographic works led by elements of wardrobe and footwear.

The next edition of this contest will be celebrated between 7 and on March 9 and the organization is already working to improve the image of the fair with new modular stands and important parallel activities.
The invention seems that there works … The Fair Bread and Butter that is celebrated in Barcelona, it is a test of the internationalization of the fashion, that route has come Germany and that it represents between the principal targets of this contest.En the last edition the increase of visitors and exhibitors was notable and it seems to be that the even much better perspectives of future sound. In to next edition, which it goes to celebrate between the 16th and 18th of January, in accordance with these optimistic forecasts, the lounge will extend with the use of the pavilions 6 and 7.

This expansion will be realized in two emblematic places of the city: Palau Nacional and the Pavilion Mies van der Rohe that will remain this way integrated to the Fair and will give him a character eminently artistically and culturally. Palau Nacional placed in the mountain of Monjuic, was one of the buildings “star“ of the International Exhibition of 1929 and at present it is the head office of Museu d'Art of Catalonia. The Pavilion Mies van der Rohe ó Pavilion Barcelona, although it was constructed in the same date as the Palau, is a contrast with the previous building since this work was the real engine of the Modern Movement. It was constructed like pavilion of Germany for the International Exhibition. The building was dismantled in 1930 and reconstructed in 1996. It is not strange that in these moments Bread and Butter has already turned into one of the most important lounges of the Fira of Barcelona.
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