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Fiesta Couture: Behind the Seams

Extended through November 29, 2020

Glimpse behind the “seams” at the design processes, skilled artisans and trade secrets that together result in the most glamourous night of Fiesta. The coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo is a spectacle like no other, filled with pageantry and tradition. Each coronation is organized around a theme which is selected up to two years in advance. The Mistress of the Robes, the Court Artist and the dressmakers are responsible for translating the theme into coronation robes for the queen and her court. Together they weave fabric, threads, sequins, beads and rhinestones into a unique form of storytelling.  

View stunning examples of coronation robes from recent years as well as sketches and renderings. Take a peek inside the workrooms where teams of men and women work together for months, hand-sewing all the embellishments on the dresses and trains. Get to know the dressmakers, court artists and Mistresses of the Robes as they share their favorite behind the scenes stories about the creation of the beaded and bejeweled coronation robes.  

Fiesta Couture is generously supported by the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts and the San Antonio Fiesta Commission.