This last 2015 the CSDMM (Centro superior de diseño de moda de MADRID), the “Museo del Traje” and the “Universidad Complutense” of Madrid defended that fashion exists from the beginning of times to create an inherent part of the human being.
This is the reason why these institutions celebrate this month its 3rd History Edition , Art and Fashion Design named “Rome and fashion II”, the aim is to recreate the Roman indumentary, its daily life and the most significatives festivities in Emerita Augusta, nowadays named Mérida. The main characters of these interpretations will be from the “Asociaciones Recreacionistas Ara Concordiade Mérida Romana”, “COH I Luporum Celtiberiae” and “Historia Aeterna Gladiatvurae”.
One of the most important events of the day is the Matronalia, a feast that will be played by a hundred performers from the “Historia de Recreacionistas Ara Conocondiade Mérida Romana” from 6 pm in the “Salón de Actos del Museo del traje, Madrid”.
The Matronalia sets the beginning of the Roman new year, on March 1st at the old lunar calendar, in which the protagonists were and will be, women. This festival was celebrated in honor of Juno Lucina, Hera in Greek mythology, goddess of motherhood.
In this staging, woman, protagonists, of the event reflect throught the special clothing that they used to wear in that celebration, the aim of it: hair down, contrary to Roman modesty of the time, and were not allowed to wear belts or any anudación in their dresses anteposition superstition of witchcraft that it entailed.
One of the things that is striking that day, is that slaves were free in addition to permission to wear costumes and jewelry of their love. It was a day dedicated to them, in fact the name itself derives from “mothers” matres in Latin.
Gifts from their husbands, children or even young people to their girlfriends were common, including masters and female slaves to worship them by linking them to the divinity.
PBy the association COH I Luporum celtiberiae, auxiliaries with arms will be revived with the customs of the gladiators in the arena of combat, thanks to the association History Gladiatvurae Aeterna.
The “Museo del Traje” will take it will be part of the time through clothing. A lifestyle on stage that will bring us to the understanding of the Roman Empire, which is an important part of Spanish culture.
The date, February 20th at 9: 00h at 19: 00h, aimed at all audiences and is completely free.
For more information visit the official website of the Museum of Costume