The pastel blue of the Alhambra baths and a purple bougainvillea tone in keeping with the colors of Easter inspired the dress and shawl with which ‘La Tarasca’ has appeared on the eve of Corpus Christi to unveil fashion trends in the Spring-summer season of 2018, the current year.
Renewing the tradition of the fair, the popular mannequin that defeats the beast year after year, the dragon on which it parades in the Public Festival with giants (the Catholic Monarchs and those of the Nasrid dynasty, the last rulers of the Arab city ), cabezudos, charangas, the Municipal Band and extras that represent the ancient crafts of Granada, the delegation has toured the streets of the city center in a prelude to the opening days of the Feria de Granada .
The elegance in the long dress with romantic air and the light tones that ‘La Tarasca’ presents in this edition are “a nod” to the history and the influence of the Arab and Christian cultures in the traditions of the city, according to the author of the design, the creator from Granada, Viky Noguer , architect and designer, who before the journalists has commented on the incorporation of motifs of azulejar and atauriques of the Alhambra that combine with “allusions” to Holy Week.
The designer has highlighted, in the official reception prior to the fashion show, that the design is configured as a symbolic ensemble, consisting of the dress, a shawl and the hairstyle, where the chromatic range and the pattern line combine to highlight the historical past from the city. Thus, while the pastel blue color with aquamarine pigment of the dress pays homage to the predominance of blue in the Arab baths of the Alhambra, source of inspiration for the suit, the shawl, which is accompanied by the mannequin, is purple bougainvillea , “a nod to the color of the season, but also because of its clear presence in Granada’s Holy Week”.
The dress, long with tail, made with crepe and silk gauze, which envelops and falls on the dragon , symbolizing the triumph of beauty and good over evil, incorporates, both in the sleeves “vaporous finished in fist” as in the skirt, embroideries and pieces of porcelain, with characteristic forms of the tiles of the Alhambra.
Combined by the stylist María Luz Ruiz Fernández , the mannequin shows off a collection with reflections, simulating marine waves, which is adorned with porcelain combs in the shape of popcorn and star and copper simulating the atauriques of the Alhambra. The artistic and creative team has been integrated, in addition to Noguer and María Ruiz , by Carolina Álvarez , responsible for the decorative motifs, the embroiderers Belén Ballesta and Raquel Ramos and the stylist María Luz Ruiz .
The parade of ‘La Tarasca’ has come this year accompanied by some controversy, since the day, usually free for schoolchildren, was declared a lesson by the School Board at the beginning of the year, at the proposal of the PP, in exchange for releasing the classes on September 15, in which a recent tradition has been established with the floral offering to the Virgen de las Angustias , patron saint of the city. Despite taking forward their proposal, the popular municipal group criticized this week to the Ministry of Education for having kept the day as a lective. However, at the time of the parade, many schoolchildren congregated in the streets of the tour, giving the day the same color and animation as in previous years.
To the parade of La Pública, with ‘La Tarasca’ as the central element of the procession, follows on Thursday the traditional procession of Corpus Christi , the day of the Christian festival, which also includes the extras of the Public, together with the Sacred Custody run through the city center by civil and military authorities, together with the religious representation of the archdiocese of Granada, departing from the Cathedral at twelve o’clock, time when the main door opens between a shower of petals flowers. According to popular tradition, the people of La Vega move to Granada the aromatic plants (sedge and mestanzo) that carpet the route of the procession.
In parallel, in Almanjáyar the fair is installed, with attractions and booths that started their activity at zero hours last Sunday and will remain open until midnight on Saturday.