Flamenco fashion is one of the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic. Completely seasonal, the flamenco fashion industry , one of the industries with the greatest international projection, is experiencing its worst moments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Without fairs or pilgrimages, the designers and artisans of flamenco fashion have seen their activity and, consequently, their income have been reduced to zero.
The instability to which the sector is subjected has led artisans and designers to claim their rights and, despite the fact that catwalks such as Simof or We Love Flamenco have given them international visibility, their situation remains quite critical.. Now, in the midst of so much uncertainty and with a rather dark future, the Qlamenco association has just started the relevant procedures for the consideration of flamenco fashion and its crafts as Intangible Heritage of Humanity . A small dose of hope to give flamenco fashion the place it deserves at the worst time in the history of this industry.
Thus, the fashion editor and artistic director of fashion Pedro Gonzalez, as president of Qlamenco, an association of flamenco fashion and handicraft designers and entrepreneurs, has just announced that the association has initiated the pertinent procedures for the consideration of flamenco fashion and its crafts as Intangible Heritage of Humanityby UNESCO.
The member companies of Qlamenco, Adelina Infante, Ana Moron , Antonio Gutierrez, Atelier Rima, Carmen Latorre, Carmen Vega, De Lunas y Ruffles, Francisco Tamaral, Fina Estampa, Gil Ortiz, Avier Garcia, Javier Jimenez, Jose Galvan, Juan Foronda , Loli Vera, Luis Fernandez, Miriam Galvin and Yolanda Rivas consider that the flamenco dress and the craftsmanship that it entails are likely to be considered a World Heritage Site based on a series of considerations .

Why the flamenco dress should be a World Heritage Site

The Qlamenco association considers various aspects why the flamenco dress and crafts should be a World Heritage Site.
In the first place, the flamenco dress and its accessories are shaped not only as the image of Andalusia but also as the image of Spain before the world. There is no vision of Spanish culture that does not reflect the flamenco dress as a cultural imaginary of our country .
In addition, the flamenco dress and its accessories in its language have become an iconic style of international fashion . The language of flamenco stands as a style reiterated in its forms and principles throughout the history of fashion.
The flamenco dress began its iconographic and formal journey from the nineteenth century since the evolution of popular dressFestive of the gypsy women who commercialized with their families their artisanal and productive products. The fusion between the popular lines and the bourgeois clothing originated a clothing model, the flamenco dress, which configured a clothing prototype that spread to all the popular celebrations of the Andalusian community.
In addition, the process of visual internationalization of the flamenco dress and its accessories originates from the orientalist and romantic currents that seek the originality of types and images typical of their sensibility. Since its inception, the flamenco dress has syncretized its link to urban fashion trends and haute couture. Thus, the flamenco dress begins its stylistic evolution to this day.
The flamenco dress extends and preserves idiosyncratic craft professions of the Andalusian community that are typical and characteristic of its prototypes. Andalusian manual embroidery , the application of leather crafts, the artisanal realization of fringing and shawls, the design and manufacture of accessories such as shoes, flowers and jewelry, make up an unquestionable aesthetic ensemble for being recognizable and iconic.
The flamenco dress, also called the gypsy dress, is flamenco fashion and therefore does not enter the flamenco nomenclature as an integral part of it. The dress used in flamenco dance has nothing to do with the flamenco or gypsy dress, although they drink from the same aesthetic root .

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