Saturday, March 18, 2006

fashion show

Remember I was in Valencia last weekend? The city is celebrating its big festival now - the Fallas - and here is the traditional costume, which according to this page is "more than just a big dress, the Fallera's costume is the Non Plus Ultra of traditional fashionwear. Covered by enough lace, brocade and satin to bury a man.., these brave women take part in all the city's festivities." I saw this particular (beautiful! ) dress in a shop: silky and shiny. So was the price tag : 2,300 euros (some USD 2,800) but they were offering a 20% discount! if it is not a silk dress but made out of cotton/synthetics prices begin at about 250 euros - USD 300 at the current exchange rate. Now click to enlarge!

The front part:



The back




Detail of the apron:



Close-up: the rich embroidered silk fabric



A young girl wearing the Fallera costume was having her picture taken professionally outdoors where we were taking a walk, I had my little digital cam only and it was a dark spot compared to the bright sunny day. Sorry about the poor quality. Her dress had a beautiful flower pattern. Here is more information about the traditional dress.



Update: A brighter scene thanks to rashbre !!




32 comments:

  1. that dress is gorgeous!

    thanks for dropping by my place. :)

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  2. OMG I love it, I want one! Here from Michele's ;)

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  3. Sensational looking costume!

    Michele sent me here.

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  4. beautiful dress! how fun it would be to go to the show.

    i havent been here in a while, you have had a site makeover since i was here last! but always nice to see you.

    greetings from michele.

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  5. The dress is gorgeous but I wouldn't want to wear it in the heat of a Spanish summer!

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  6. Le Laquet - the ladies wear this traditional dress only during the Fallas in March :)

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  7. I was looking at some pictures from Valencia this morning. They were the effigies which I guess they do something dramatic to at the end of the celebration.

    I blatted your lady by the river through photoshop to clean up the colour and light balance. Its here. Sunnier even if the river is now a little idyllic!

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  8. Rashbre - THANKS! I will update the post :¬)

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  9. UNBELIEVABLE! Michele sent me.

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  10. Beautiful dress. Lots of work was done on this dress, beads, patches and laces.

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  11. Before I saw what Rashbre had done, I saved that photo so I could lighten it up for you! Two minds running in the same direction.....That dress handiwork is gorgeous!

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  12. kenju - thanks so much for the intended help! I could have actually thought of it with Picasa myself, but I didn't...next time!

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  13. wow! That's beautiful!

    Michele sent me today.

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  14. Wow! dress is breathtaking!

    ...here from Michele's!

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  15. It's almost too pretty to wear. The artistry is stunning.

    We often forget how inspiring beautiful dresses on beautiful people in beautiful places can be. This entry brings us back into the fold, so to speak.

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  16. OMG...That is a STUNNING DRESS!!!!!
    I WANT ONE!!! :)

    Michele sent me....

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  17. The dresses are beautiful. I've never seen a dress like that. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  18. I hate being skipped in the M&G.

    Hello, here via Michele

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  19. Wow, I love that red one. It's just spectacular. The yellow one, not so much. The big cabbage roses remind me of the wallpaper on my mother's bedroom walls when I was a kid.

    Spanish lace is amazing. I bought some mantillas when I was last in spain, and I'm not even remotely Catholic. I just think they're beautiful.

    Here from you know who.

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  20. Wow, you can see why the dresses are so pricey!

    Here via Michele's :)

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  21. hi, thanks for stopping by on the michelle m&g.
    pretty blog, and gorgeous dress.

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  22. Very pretty! Pa is so boring I want to go to spain!!(stomping my feet now):)

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  23. Awesome!!! This beautiful outfit must have taken the dressmaker months to finish.

    Thanks a lot for the educational tour. It's just like watching Discovery Channel or National Geographic. This is why I enjoy your blog very much.

    Keep it up.

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  24. Wonderful dresses--and very expensive--I brought my daughter back a traditional New Year outfit from Korea when she was just two. That was six years ago, Her picture, all dressed up in it, is in my office.

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  25. Wow, that is one beautiful dress!

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  26. Oh my!! WOW!! They ar eboth beautiful-- love the details-- thanks for the close ups!

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  27. What beautiful dresses. Thanks for sharing :)
    Oh, I miss Europe soooo much

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  28. Fantastic dress, Mar! It is sooo beautifully made, too. Comlex lacing, etc... So they burn these??? Tonight??? (March 19th, you said, I think.)

    Thanks for coming by and visiting me Mar....I understand the double edged sword of Sensativity..but, given my druthers, I'd rather BE than not, you know? There IS much joy in it, too...
    I dearly appreciate your thoughts and your care, my dear...I think I needed to acknowledge what I was feeling to get past it...you know?

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  29. Sometimes I wish we could still dress in beautiful long flowing dresses! They are just gorgeous!!!!

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  30. A load of money but mouthwatering fabric! What kind of ball would be fancy enough to live up to the dress?!

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