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Elizabeth Taylor in a Matador Chaquetilla

Traje de Luces – The Golden Suit of Light | Goldwork Embroidery

The Traje de luces is entirely handmade consists of flat-bottomed shoes, tight trousers or taleguilla, suspenders, a girdle, a shirt, a vest, a short jacket or Chaquetilla, and a tie or neckerchief. And then a pink and yellow cape, used for the “dance,” and the muleta, a much smaller red cape, used in the final stages of the fight. A single suit can take a team of craftspeople months to create – especially with the dense goldwork embroidery, each suit is pure haute couture.

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