Mariano Fortuny gets a fashion-focused retrospective at Palais Galliera in Paris

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Mariano Fortuny gets a fashion-focused retrospective at Palais Galliera in Paris

Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949). Eleonora dress. Gold-printed green silk velvet, pleated green silk taffeta, green silk cordon, black and white glass beads. Taffeta lining

As well as being a painter, an engraver, a sculptor and a set designer, Mariano Fortuny was also a fashion and textile designer, known for his prints, his use of silk and his iconic pleats. The City of Paris fashion museum, Palais Galliera, is showing a retrospective of his work October 4, 2017, to January 7, 2018, in an exhibition entitled "Fortuny, un Espagnol à Venise" ("Fortuny, a Spaniard in Venice"), featuring some of his most emblematic creations.

Venice soon became the adoptive home of Spanish-born artist and designer Mariano Fortuny. In fact, the artist currently has a museum bearing his name in the Italian city. Originally a painter, this multi-talented artist also took an interest in engraving, photography, design and set design after setting up in Venice in 1889. He then branched out into textiles from 1906.

The Palais Galliera retrospective will feature around a hundred pieces from the Galliera collection and from the Museo del Traje in Madrid, focusing in particular on Mariano Fortuny's timeless and characteristic creations and his various inspirations. Three principles dear to the designer -- liberating the body, comfort and elegance -- are also central to the exhibition.

Highlights include the "Delphos" dress, made in 1909. One of his most famous creations, the dress was designed with an innovative cut and techniques and features pleated grey silk taffeta, yellow and red glass beads, and gold-printed silk taffeta.

The retrospective also features a selection of dresses worn by eminent women, with designs incorporating patterns made by printing metallic powders onto silk velvet.

"Fortuny, un Espagnol à Venise" is the last show in Palais Galliera's Spanish season, which opened with "Balenciaga: Working in Black," March 8 to July 16, 2017, at the French capital's Musée Bourdelle.