Posted by Craig on October 23, 2012
The fashion designer known as the “enfant terrible of fashion” is the star of an international retrospective that is currently running in Madrid until January 2013. The title of the retrospective is “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” and it is the first one to be dedicated to this particular designer.
Jean Paul Gaultier in Madrid
Gaultier himself has helped put the show together and before arriving in Madrid it has travelled to Dallas, San Francisco and Rotterdam too. The show has been curated by Nathalie Bondil from the MMFA Montreal Museum of Fine Arts together with the Jean Paul Gaultier Maison and the Mapfre Foundation.
The audience will be treated to audiovisual aspects, footage from previous fashion shows, interviews with the man himself and of course will get a chance to view a wealth of Gaultier’s haute couture designs including some of his earliest work.
Gaultier is one of the most successful fashion designers in the world and his bold designs have influenced artists all over the world. Anyone with an interest in the fashion world will not want to miss out on this spectacular event. It is being held in the Mapfre Foundation Recoletos Exhibition Hall and will run until mid-January next year.
Posted by Craig on October 16, 2012
If you are lucky enough to be visiting Spain’s capital Madrid any time soon then you should not miss out on a day trip to the stunning city of Toledo, just 70km away. Toledo was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986 due to its historical importance and not to mention its stunning architecture.
Fancy a day trip to Toledo from Madrid?
With The Moors, Jews and Christians all at one time or another having occupied the city there are a myriad of different influences within the city’s architecture. The 10th Century Mosque of Cristo de las Luz is well worth a visit as is the 14th Century Synagogue called El Tránsito and the Gothic styled Primada Cathedral too. At the cathedral visitors can also view a very valuable collection of Paintings by El Greco, Lucas Jordán, Van Dick and Goya.
At the highest point in Toledo sites the splendid Roman Palace Alcazar of Toledo. Every facade represents a different era in the Palace’s history. It is currently home to the Army and Military Museum having been reconstructed after it was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.
Swords, ceramics and damascene work are all handcrafted in Toledo and the traditional fayre of deer, wild boar, pigeons, quails and partridges also draws the crowds. For a day out you won’t forget while visiting Madrid, head to Toledo.
Posted by Craig on September 19, 2012
If you are going to be in Madrid between the 27 and 29 September then head on over to one of Madrid’s most famous districts, The Barrio de las Letras to experience a world class design event. During the extravaganza there will be installations, presentations, theatre productions and even concerts for all to enjoy. There will also be a slew of stands and displays to view in the open air market style event. Around 5000 people are expected to visit the spectacle which will feature many of the newest and latest design trends from around the world.
Interior Design Show in Madrid
There will be 75 interior designers participating at the event and 65 antique dealers too. With 20 art galleries also taking part there will certainly be plenty to see and do even for those who are not necessarily connected with the world of design.
The Barrio de las Letras will become a giant open air market with many of the local restaurants and hotels getting involved too. It promises to be a great day out for anyone visiting the city during this time. It takes place from the 27 to 29 September so make sure you don’t miss out!