Bullfighting costume as an expression of matador's individuality

A bullfighting costume is an expression of his individuality, as well as a dedication to the ancient bullfighting tradition. Since the time, when bullfighting started to be recognized as a public spectacular performance, a bullfighting costume has not changed a lot. It is still rich in ornaments and elegant in styles, as it was in the period from the 16th to the 18th century, when the nobility praised a bullfighter as the greatest warrior of those days.

A bullfighting costume mostly consists of a silk jacket, heavily embroidered in gold, skintight pants, and a montera (a bicome hat). The best fabrics are used to make a bullfighting costume so that a matador would feel comfortable and look outstanding. The bullfighting costume price can be up to thousands of dollars and a famous matador must have at least six of them for a season. The most famous matadors buy their bullfighting costumes from top designers, which are made to an exclusive and personal order. Modern matadors can be quite extravagant in their choice; they can wear pink socks, a white shirt and a red tie, and a large purple or yellow cape. Earlier, bullfighting costumes were also made to an order and each one possessed unique and unrepeatable features, distinguishing one from another.

For instance, Romero, a legend of Spanish bullfighting, became so famous that Spain's greatest living artist, Goya, designed a distinctive uniform for him. This bullfighting costume is still worn in special commemorative corridas and the annual corrida goyesca in Ronda, held in early September, which comprises a competition for the most decorative horse-drawn carriages and a flamenco festival.

The tradition and ritual of bullfighting demand not only a bullfighter to wear a special bullfighting costume, but also the audience to have formal attire on. For instance, women can wear a mantilla (veil) during the bullfighting afternoons. The prices for the mantilla only can start from four hundred and sixty five dollars.

If you are interested in visual samples of a traditional bullfighting costume, look through online image galleries, such as http://www.quovadimus.org/. The costumes in the pictures can be seen in details. http://www.angelfire.com/la2/marstonart/pages/portpage.html can offer the image of a Portuguese bullfighting costume, carefully preserved to include as many authentic details as possible. The design is based upon the costume, worn by the "rejoneadores" in the ceremony before the actual fight.

For a more original representation of a bullfighting costume in art, look at Manet's pictures, which are likely to be available at online picture galleries. A famous painter dedicated much of his work to picturing bullfighting and bullfighting costumes, though he did not visit any authentic Spanish bullfight. Nevertheless, his imagination in reproductions finds no boarders. He presents different models of a typical bullfighting costume and shows women in bullfighting garments to emphasize the sensuality of bullfighting designs and promote bullfighting exotics.

Authentic bullfighting costumes are preserved in national museums. For instance, The City of San Roque Bullfighting Museum, a famous tourist attraction for bullfighting aficionados and people, interested in the world of bullfighting, is well known for the variety of local bullfighting costumes and objects, belonging to matadors of San Roque.

http://www.flamencoshop.com/ presents collector items for sale (owned by renowned bullfighters, such as Jose Luis Padilla and Rafael Camino). You can find here not only bullfighting costumes, but also complete matador outfits for children.

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