Mariano Fortuny

Designer Granada / Spain

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Mariano Fortuny
Mariano Fortuny
Mariano Fortuny

1871 - 1949 Mariano Fortuny was born in Granada in 1871. Coming from an artistic family, he soon entered the great Parisian world, and was involved in painting studies. The Parisian world (from Sarah Bernardt to Adolphe Appia) paid attention ti him, but it was subsequently thanks to the patronage of the Countess of Bearn that the complete theatrical revolution of Fortuny found true application. However Mariano began to seek new stimulus: he began creating printed fabrics and materials, and so began his relationship with Henriette, who he married in 1924. It was in collaboration with her that he created Delphos, the pleated silk evening dress which would make famous throughout the world. In Venice, at the Giudecca, he founded a factory for the industrial production of his fabrics and opened boutiques in some of the leading European capitals. Meanwhile, he also decorated and illuminated buildings and museums throughout Europe, for which he was greatly appraised, receiving honorary titles. There are also other inventions dating back to the 1930’s: from photographic coloured printing paper to the "Tempera Fortuny" as well as a series of illumino-technical works on the great Venetian printing cycles of Tintoretto to San Rocco and of Carpaccio in San Giorgio.