Bronze / 2018 / Advertising / Fashion
TRIBUTE TO THE BATA
Bronze in Advertising/Fashion
The dress has been so deeply integrated in the tradition that it even exists a "widow bata”. It is black, for women in mourning.For this documentary project I travelled to a village in deep Spain, Villarmienzo, lost in the wheat plains and practically uninhabited due to rural depopulation and exodus. I persuaded five women of around 80 to pose for me. I dressed them with classic “batas” bought at per kilo at a street market in Madrid. I also included some “batas” designed by me with funny fabrics. We went through the town. The wheat fields and empty streets are the scenographies that contain this women. Only they remain.The result is an incursion into the world of fashion, a tribute to the “bata” as an iconic garment and a nostalgic look at the end of an era (and not just a generation).
This is a tribute to a very characteristic garment: the “bata”; a work coat that a very
specific type of Spanish woman wears. It can be of multiple colors, printed with different
patterns and decorated with ruffles and pockets. It’s a rectangular-shaped dress worn by
women typically over 50 years old. This costume that defines a whole social group of
women and is not subject to the fashion industry seasonal changes. It is timeless, like
the woman who wears it.This woman is the matriarch of the family, the one cooking for 30 relatives on Christmas
and whose life means care for others. She is hard-working and very dear to all. This woman
is danger of extinction as it is also the iconic garment that characterizes her. The new
generation is no longer the wise matriarch of warm temper and lovely homemaker. She is
disappearing. For good and for bad.