One of my favorite paintings at The Met is Édouard Manet’s A Matador. Although I can’t overlook the truth of bullfighting, I can’t help but be infatuated with the costumes, the movement, and the nostalgia of it. Toreros remind me of dancers, with their strength contrasting with their fragility, along with their grand sweeps and precise gestures. But the Traje de Luces (Suit of Lights) is what really gets me. Their elaborate outfits have only slightly evolved for the past 170 years, and only a handful of tailors make them in Spain.
An interesting article about the Suit of Lights.
A couple videos showing the craft of the suits: