Mariano was born in Granada, Spain in 1871. With his rich artistic background - his father was a painter, and his grandfather, a painter as well - it was obvious that Mariano would carry his own creativity forward and make his own mark.
Mariano's many talents included painting, sculpting, and photography. He was greatly influenced by the theatre, and had an interest in the lighting of the stage itself. He became friendly with the German composer, Richard Wagner. Mariano and he would collaborate on the creativity of grand theatrical stage productions.
Mariano sketched out the scenes and developed the look of the fashions for the actors, as well as devising inventive lighting techniques, that had never been used before.
to an ensemble. Here the printed scarf is worn to cinch the dress.
Of course Mariano is best known for his fashion and textile designs. His exquisite usage of a variety of fabrics, and the glamorous looks he achieved were remarkable.
Here are some photos of the famous "Delphos" gown. Made of delicate silk, hand-dyed, and finely pleated. These garments would drape the figure for a simple, and very glamorous look.
Here are some samples of vintage Fortuny woven textiles. The combination of beautiful colors and gorgeous designs are timeless.
The Fortuny Company is still creating some of the most beautiful material today, using the same techniques, and attention to details, as they did when Mariano first founded the business so long ago.
We hope this post has sparked your interest, and that you share the same love of fabulous fashion, and textile design. Have a wonderful day! -Al