Written by Mariana Aguilera
The Oscar De La Renta Fall 2019 collection takes us to presently called Spain and its multi-faith and cultural history. The brand’s fashion show took place at the Cunard Building in Manhattan, New York, and its atmosphere made a reference to the Grand Mosque of Cordoba from the time of Muslim rule presently Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. A perfect point of tangible focus to reference the essence of Spain.
The current Mosque-Cathedral sits in the same area where temples and churches once stood. It’s told the columns come from the architecture of previous ruling periods and gifts from the Byzantine Emperor. These particular arches in the picture are called ‘Horseshoe Arches’. They are said to have origins in Visigothic church architecture and that architect Muslims of that period adapted, modified and popularized them eventually making them part of Islamic architecture. The arches are typically described as ‘moorish architecture’, but I would rethink the ‘moor’ part. The word ‘moor’ carries a racial derogatory meaning and was used by Europeans to reference not only the skin color of black Muslims living in the peninsula who had migrated from North Africa before they and the Jews were expelled but to also mark inferiority.
Images are credited to Vogue Runway