20 February 2024 - 12 March 2024
Tuesdays 7 pm to 8.30 pm
Virginia Villar
Blanca Paula Rodríguez Garabatos
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Both fashion and art examine reality through representation. These two fields frequently interact, so that sometimes fashion imitates art and other times it’s art that imitates fashion.

From the end of the 19th century and until the 21st century many artists and couturiers have marked a departure from the dominant aesthetic. At the beginning of the 20th century, with the avant-garde movements, the frontiers between fashion and art begin to blur as haute couture and design start to work with the same techniques and approaches used in artistic practices. The historical avant-garde contributed to making art and fashion break the traditional moulds, advocating a new expressive language that gave greater freedom to the creators of both fields. Throughout the sessions of this monograph, we’ll see how, then and now, fashion designers advocate the search for a new creation language that seeks to satisfy both the desire to excel and consumer cravings.

The interactions between fashion and art shall be exemplified by the dresses of great fashion designers such as Madeleine Vionnet and, more recently, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen or Dolce&Gabbana, who have known how to reinterpret the aesthetics and groundbreaking spirit of certain isms of visual arts: impressionism, symbolism, futurism or surrealism.

Finally, on a round trip, we shall record the intentions of haute couture designers to upgrade the dress to the status of a work of art that could even be admired in museums.



20 February. The lights of Impressionism: Sorolla, Sargent, Monet…

27 February. The reform of the dress: Klimt, the Secession Movement… Galliano

5 March. Pioneer figures of futurist fashion: Vionnet, Cardin and Courreges

12 March. Alexander McQueen: a monster calls




Given by:

BLANCA PAULA RODRÍGUEZ GARABATOS (Santiago de Compostela, 1973) is a professor in geography and history, a researcher and a teacher. She graduated in law and history in the speciality of contemporary history and American studies at the USC, and holds a PhD in Literary Studies from the University of A Coruña, with a thesis titled ‘Moda de la belle époque e indumentaria en la obra de Emilia Pardo Bazán.’ She has lectured on fashion at various seminars at the University of A Coruña and took part in the Fashion and Design Conference, held recently in the Pontevedra School of Textile Design and Fashion (ESDEMGA). In 2021 she ran the course Vistiendo la época. La moda, el octavo arte, organised by the CGAC. She also wrote the books Emilia Pardo Bazán y la moda and Emilia Pardo Bazán: visiones del dandismo, both published by Hércules de Ediciones. She regularly contributes to the film magazines Versión original and Icónica, and has written several articles on the relationships between fashion, literature and art in publications such as Tropelías, Boletín galego de literatura, DeSignis, Cuadernos hispanoamericanos or La tribuna.

Target group:

Anybody interested in the history of fashion and the history of art


The registration period is open from December 11th 2023 to February 15th 2024. If you are interested in taking part, please send an e-mail to indicating your full name, ID number, studies, area of work or interest, an e-mail address and a contact telephone number.

Once the application has been accepted, registrants will be informed on how to make the payment and how to connect to the online sessions.


The CGAC shall issue a certificate of achievement to all those who attend at least 70% of the sessions.