Not so easy to define, but the tocaor in Seville explained it to me something like this… Duende flamenco is a magical convergence of art, soul, and performance that creates this feeling, an inexplicable magnetism that travels through the clapping rhythm of las palmas and the intoxicating percussion of feet and floor. Through a riotous swirl of red ruffles. Through the guitar, through centuries. Then: skin-tingling goosebumps and a thrill of emotion.
Every heartbeat in the room calibrates to the same mystical frequency.
The dress explains all this better than I ever could.
Flamenco Dress (No. 7258). An endlessly sensational flamenco-style wrap dress with a glorious ruffled skirt. In front, it falls just past the knee, but from there flows down to the ankles in back (you’ll want to wear this with a heel). Metallic embroidery and round foil mirrors catch every bit of candlelight. Fastens at wearer’s left with self-fabric tie in back. Ruffled hem. V-neck shape. Three-quarter sleeves. Made in India.