Dulce Dulcinea was created for the Fashion Art project by Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Viteri, and fashion designer Manu Fernandez. In this piece you can see Oswaldo’s strengths in the blend of Spanish culture found in the red and black tassels on the dress, used by bullfighters, and prints of Don Quixote combined with pre-Columbian patterns and deep red and black colors used by indigenous tribes.
Oswaldo was a defender of mestizaje, the mixing of cultural and ethnic groups across Latin America, recognizing the value of both his indigenous ancestors and the Spanish influence on society.
Fashion Art was created by Manuel Fernandez, it is a collaboration between visual artists and fashion designers in which their respective languages are combined to create a dress that is an authentic work of art. It is a project that is in constant evolution, where the fusion of Art and Fashion takes place in the eye of the spectator with the artists’ work taking center stage and the dress as the underlying canvas it is displayed on.
Oswaldo Viteri was a prominent Ecuadorian painter, sculptor, muralist and architect. A neo-figurative artist, during his early career he studied anthropology and folklore and was named director of the Ecuadorian Institute of Folklore. He was widely recognized for his ability to combine multiple art forms into one seamless piece. His works also spanned painting, drawing, engravings and mosaics and led him to become one of the most important Ecuadorian artists of the 20th century.
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Manuel Fernández has worked in the world of fashion since 1983. His approach is avant-garde, with touches of idealism combined with a cosmopolitan flair, and he has always been committed to the internationalization of his designs. His designs are bold, daring, sensual, elegant and have a touch of humour.
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