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Did you know that the green that prevails in Juan Gris's painting is one of the most appealing of the moment in decorative and textile materials? Valentino, Gucci and Sies Marjan use it in a version tinged with the colour of lawn, but you can find it in an avocado version (Versace, Lanvin and Emilia Wickstead), olive (Prada and Miu Miu) and bottle as in Oscar de la Renta's quilted evening dress.

Did you know that Frank Haviland in the painting is dressed in a tuxedo? If the practice of smoking has inspired fashion (such as the collection that Iris van Herpen dedicated to him for spring 2009), this outfit, the smoking jacket, has even more so, which since Victorian England has been worn for after-dinner smoking. Since the 1920s, they have even been worn by women, becoming popular with Yves Saint Laurent in the 1960s. This winter you can find it on the catwalk (McQueen or Carolina Herrera for the women and Dior or Balenciaga for the men) and of course in the Village, at Brooks Brothers, Hackett ...

Juan Gris, El Fumador (Frank Haviland), 1913

Juan Gris, The Smoker (Frank Haviland), 1913 The Smoker (Frank Haviland), 1913 JUAN GRIS Madrid, 1887 – Boulogne-sur-Seine, 1927 Oil on canvas. 73 x 54 cm

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It is no coincidence that this work is called The Smoker; smoke is the only element that gives cohesion to the geometric fragmentation of the figure. It sinuously runs through the different parts of the painting. The character that appears in the image seems to be Frank Haviland. An inscription was found in a preparatory drawing, dedicating the painting to him. Haviland was a wealthy American who had just restored the monastery of Céret, the town where the painting was carried out in the summer of 1913 and where Haviland, Juan Gris, and Picasso lived.

Lovis Corinth, Model Show, 1921

Lovis Corinth, Model Show, 1921 The Fashion show, 1921 LOVIS CORINTH (Prussia, 1858 – Holland, 1925) Oil on canvas. 201.5 x 100 cm

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The Fashion Show is a reflection of the new woman of the 1920s, who wanted to emancipate herself and enjoy a more social life. She was a woman who had freed herself from the corset and showed a new straighter silhouette. As the skirt was shortened, flesh-coloured silk stockings were used, while fashion houses adapted to the style and showcased their designs at fashion shows.

Although it was painted in the apartment of its creator, Lovis Corinth, and his partner on Berlin's Klopstockstrasse during the months of January and February 1921, the painting depicts a model at a show. The painter is considered a great exponent of German Impressionism, and – following a stroke – his brushstrokes went to exhibit a more dramatic expressionism.

Did you know that Jeanne Paquin was the creator of the fashion show as we know it today? In 1914, when he had just established a team from his successful fashion house in Madrid, he decided to do something different when it came to presenting his models, incorporating a stage show. Jeanne Paquin’s first show took place at the Palace Theatre in London and featured live music, much the same as some designers do today.

Did you know that this painting reproduces an instant of a fashion show? The Italian brand Gucci also decided to recreate instants of a fashion show (as it happens in this painting) to present its fall / winter 2019 collection in a video (and corresponding campaign photos). Alessandro Michele paid tribute to passion and to the ritual that surrounds this magical moment for the fashion industry, which geniuses of the stature of Willian Klein, Michelangelo Antonioni and Robert Altman have already taken to film in a masterful way.

Santa Casilda, 1630 - Zurbarán

Santa Casilda, 1630 – Zurbarán FRANCISCO DE ZURBARÁN Fuente de Cantos, 1598 – Madrid, 1664 Oil on canvas. 171 x 107 cm

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  • Did you know that this painting is one of a collection of paintings of saints that Zurbarán dressed in clothes made of rich overlapping fabrics created by the painter?
  • Did you know that Zurbarán's father was a fabric merchant?
  • Did you know that the Saint Casilda cape is finished with a lace that is called ‘Spanish Points’ and is made with bobbin lace of gold threads?
  • Did you know that the sleeves of Saint Casilda’s clothes are adorned with a decorative element called ‘Aldetas’?
  • Did you know that the great Spanish fashion designer Elio Berhanyer said of Zurbarán that he was the best costume designer in the history of Spain? We invite you to learn more about the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum’s Fashion Route.

The painting of Saint Casilda, whose father was Muslim and who converted to Christianity only to be martyred in the eleventh century, is an exquisite example of one of the most venerated saints in Francisco de Zurbarán's collection of work, the saints.

The theme of the saints, young women with serene faces looking out of the picture, was recurrent in his work. These are martyrs who showed suffering in an allegorical way, accentuating the femininity of the seventeenth-century woman with majestic, rich and colourful clothing. These works have been a source of inspiration for designers, such as Balenciaga, and for Coco Chanel herself, who recognised the Extremaduran painter as one of the early fashion designers.

Art meets fashion

Art meets fashion

This dialogue between art and fashion is a new initiative created by Las Rozas Village and the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum. The union of one of Spain’s leading fashion shopping destinations, located near Madrid, with one of the leading museums in the world has resulted in an exciting way to experience art and fashion. Art meets Fashion invites you to take a fascinating roundtrip for the delight of the senses: it is firstly a journey through the history of fashion through the works of art in the permanent collection of the Thyssen Museum, which shows the evolution of clothing from the fifteenth century to the present day through the Fashion Route. secondly it invites you to live the experience of Las Rozas Village as a fashion destination and discover through national and international fashion brands how the great masters of painting continue to influence the collections of the most recognised designers and contemporary fashion houses.