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The flamenco dress is the only one among the Spanish regional costumes subject to fashion trends, meaning it remains as vibrant as ever, with its patterns, prints, and designs undergoing substantial changes every year. Do you want to know what the flamenco fashion trends for 2023 are? In this post, we break them down for you.

Trends for 2023

The first weeks of the year are a buzz in the flamenco fashion scene, as it’s when the styles for women at the main events of the season (the Feria de Abril, the Feria de Málaga, El Rocío, etc.) are revealed. Although to a layperson, flamenco dresses may seem very similar year after year, nothing could be further from the truth. Prints, fabrics, and even cuts are subject to the dictates of fashion. Here’s what we’ll see in 2023.

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Monochromatic Outfits

Steering away from more or less common color combinations, the flamenco world is embracing monochromatic looks in 2023. In these outfits, a single hue takes center stage, elevating the dress from ordinary to exceptionally elegant. Traditional colors like white or red make way for less commonly seen but equally flattering tones such as midnight blue, yellow, or the timeless black.

traje de flamenca en color rojo

Two-Piece Looks

Transforming the classic bata de cola into a blouse and skirt outfit or even into a pant suit, equally suitable for the Feria de Abril and an elegant wedding, is a challenge that flamenco designers have successfully embraced. The advantage of the two-piece outfit? Comfort and a perfect fit to the curves of the female body.

Flamenco Dresses for the Night

A garment as feminine and spirited as the flamenco dress cannot be confined solely to flamenco events throughout the year. That’s why designers let their inspiration flow into flamenco-inspired evening dresses, with ruffles and embroideries reminiscent of their origin but more restrained and elegant, suitable for a dinner, a wedding, or a party.

Romantic Inspiration

Ruffles and fringes, rich embroideries, and high-quality fabrics like moiré and georgette are the starting point for romantically inspired dresses. These feature more fluid lines that invite relaxation and dreaming of festive days, filled with dances, friends, and leisure.

Mantón de Manila as the Star

If there’s an accessory that never goes out of style and complements the flamenco dress in any of its versions, it’s the Mantón de Manila. If in other years we’ve seen it draped over the shoulders, serving as a shawl against the cold in the coolest hours of the night, this season the shawl, reduced in size to a mantoncillo, appears as an additional accessory, tied to the chest or hip as an overskirt, adding more volume and expressiveness to the dress.

mantón de manila flamenco

Top Flamenco Fashion Designers

The flamenco world has its own designers who, year after year, fill the runways first and later their ateliers, catering to clients eager for the latest trends in the sector to order their dresses. Here are some of the most recognized names in flamenco fashion.

José Hidalgo

Known as the flamenco designer who captivated Queen Letizia, the Sevillian designer avoids pre-established norms and makes flamenco fashion his own. His latest collection, Pantone, has been a statement in itself: overlapping polka dots, cape-ruffled sleeves, and higher waistlines than usual blend with the designer’s color explosion, where oranges, fuchsias, and blues take center stage.

Santana Designs

Fran Santana, creative director of the Lepe-based firm, consistently opts for a woman with highly voluminous sleeves and skirts in all his collections, adding character and movement to all his dresses, many of them in two pieces. His latest collection, Desplante, featured super-tight dresses in vibrant colors like bright orange and spectacular royal blue.

Johanna Calderón

She defines herself as a native of Madrid and Andalusian at heart, but designer Johanna Calderón is known for opening flamenco fashion to women of all sizes, seeking, in her own words, “that the only size that matters is the size of our dreams, not our hips.” She finds inspiration in diverse places like the sea or Marrakech, staying close to classic trends like ruffles and polka dots, which she applies with equal mastery to her flamenco fashion collections and evening and bridal dresses.

Luisa Pérez

The Andalusian designer goes for fiercely modern dresses, full of transparencies and clearly nocturnal inspiration for her latest collection, Sur. In this collection, classic elements like polka dots and ruffles merge with more contemporary embellishments like lace and fringes, resulting in dresses perfect for strolling through the Real, but also for attending an evening event or a wedding.

SIMOF 2023

The International Flamenco Fashion Week (SIMOF) held its 2023 edition in Seville between January 26 and 29. In addition to the classic runway shows where we can see all the season’s novelties from established designers, the Week hosts the Young Designers Contest, aiming to promote the creations of the youngest talents in Andalusia, and some of the current great masters have emerged from it.

In addition to the runway shows, the Ego and Baila catwalks complement the event with parallel activities within the flamenco realm: the first hosts alternative activities, such as the parade of students from the Pattern Making Master by Patricia Márquez, while the second showcases modern dance performances and more classic flamenco shows.

SIMOF 2023

How to Choose the Flamenco Dress that Suits You Best

Buying a flamenco dress is a significant decision, not only due to the economic investment but also because of its importance in Andalusian culture and society. Here are some tips for choosing the flamenco dress that suits you best based on your body shape.

Rectangle Body

A rectangular body shape is one where the shoulders, waist, and hips form a straight line, with none of the three protruding more than the others. If you have this figure, you want to highlight your feminine shapes, so opt for dresses with a high waist and a voluminous skirt. Avoid square necklines in favor of those with a V-shape.

Apple Body

The apple body shape is characterized by shoulders, waist, and torso visually larger than the legs, usually accompanied by a more or less voluminous abdomen. This body type is particularly flattered by V-necklines, which add verticality and stylize the figure. Dresses with draped waists and cascading ruffle skirts also work well.

Triangle Body

Bodies with narrow shoulders and a substantial hip can seek balance in flamenco dresses with more volume on the top, with fitted skirts and voluminous puff sleeves.

Inverted Triangle Body

In this case, the goal is the opposite: add volume to the lower part of the body while visually reducing the upper part. If you have this body type, dresses with a low waist and canastera-style skirts, closed necklines, and flowing and billowy long sleeves will look great.

Hourglass Body

The hourglass figure is the easiest to dress, as any flamenco dress suits it well, especially those that hug the curves of the female body with V-necklines and canastera skirts with the waist at mid-thigh.

 

If you love flamenco fashion and its surrounding world, don’t miss the spectacle that Gran Gala Flamenco offers in Barcelona, at the Palau de la Música Catalana and the Teatro Poliorama. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of flamenco dresses in the context for which they were created: the stage and dance. You can appreciate the movement of ruffles and the grace of the dancers with the train dress, the fan, and the Manila shawl. What are you waiting for to reserve your tickets?

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