FASHION IN ART

Our award-winning art historian focuses on the creations of one of the world’s most revered couturiers, Cristóbal Balenciaga, who drew his inspiration from the great, classical tradition of Spanish painting.

Through works exhibited in the major Spanish museums, we discover magnificent brocades, eccentric shapes, austere attires, fantastic headgear and outrageous innovations. We see beautiful images of Balenciaga’s pieces side by side with the  Spanish artworks that influenced him be they by Goya, Velázquez, Zurbarán or Zuloaga.

“You don’t have to be a Fashion lover to enjoy this class – The beauty of Balenciaga’s clothes, combined with the beauty of the art that inspired him, was one of the most memorable presentations I have seen!”              – Nina Rumbough (Private Virtual Experience Client)

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ART Santa Isabel de Portugal Zurbarán 1635 Insiders Travel
La infanta María Teresa by Velázquez Insiders Travel
Goya's Maja y Celestina en un Balcón Insiders Travel
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Answers to questions like...

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ART Santa Isabel de Portugal by Zurbarán 1635 Insiders Travel

Did you know that Coco Chanel once declared that Zurbarán, the great Spanish baroque master, was the first couturier in history?

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La infanta María Teresa by Velázquez Insiders Travel

Can you imagine where the rouge that Spanish ladies applied so generously, as seen in Velázquez’s portraits, came from?

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Goya's Maja y Celestina en un Balcón Insiders Travel

Why did queen María Luisa, in Goya’s time, forbid that ladies wear short sleeves at court?

Details & Booking

Price: Your own private session is US$ 250 / £ 195 / 215 € / AU$ 352  – from 1 to 10 people.

Time & Date: To be arranged with you!

Duration: 1 hour

***Please sign in to the class 10 minutes before start time

What’s included: Session on Zoom by a professional art historian

  • This class is held on Zoom. If you aren’t familiar with the platform, we would be delighted to send you information on how to get started and linked up!

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What Fashion in Art guests have said...

Louise Fox

Balenciaga's exquisite collections that truly reflect the very heart and soul of Spanish culture in all its finery. 

“Balenciaga happens to be one of my most favourite haute couturiers so it was a real treat to listen to (our guide) speak most informatively on how the Spanish art masters (most of whose works are housed in Madrid’s Museums) influenced Balenciaga’s designs. Parallels can easily be drawn between Balenciaga’s choice of shape, architectural form, colour, fabric, embroidery and embellishment and the portraits of Velazquez, El Greco and Goya resulting in Balenciaga’s exquisite collections that truly reflect the very heart and soul of Spanish culture in all its finery.  This is an unmissable series of talks and will have you planning your next escape to the delights of all things Hispanic…”

Nina Rumbough

One of the most memorable presentations I have seen

“You don’t have to be a Fashion lover to enjoy this class – The beauty of Balenciaga’s clothes, combined with the beauty of the art that inspired him, was one of the most memorable presentations I have seen!”