I am using perhaps a word that is too charged for the title of my blog in order to describe a mere dress, but it is the flavor of flamenco, the feeling of duende that is sought in making flamenco, that I am after in describing this dress.

Imagine the flamenco, a dance of barely restrained sensuality, every muscle of the dancer’s body used with deliberate intention, erect and focused, the clothing an extension of her body, the skirts lifted up and furled, the flower tight in her chignon, her feet pounding out a complex beat.


Nardya Rousselot gives us a flavor of this beautiful dance and music in her version of a flamenco dress. With it’s beautifully tiered prims flowing out in a train, the gorgeous flowers on black fabric and perfectly frilled bodice, this is a flamenco dress worthy of wearing for such a dance. I show it with shoes from Nardya, though a good flamenco dancer wouldn’t wear stilettos (they don’t tap).


I wear a hair from Alexainder Biedermann perfectly suited to this ensemble. With its removable and color-change flower, it would be suitable for most any woman looking to add a touch of passion to her ensemble.


“The duende is not in the throat; the duende climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.”  ~ Federico García Lorca

Hair: #AB# Rocio Charcoal hair by Aleixandre Biedermann for Biedermanns Q Hair

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (tanned/li) F.Y.L.O. copper by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress (including comb and veil): NX-Nardcotix Isis Andaluz Dress by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix Rebekah Pumps Orange by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix *


2 thoughts on “Duende

  1. Your American stiletto heel tips must be different than British ones; most of ours make a hell of a clatter. Some come with steel tips when new, but replacement heel tips are nearly always steel.

    • Ah, but a flamenco dancer’s shoes are specific dance shoes and have more of a cuban heel on them with a particular kind of sole. They are VERY noisy (and flamenco, I don’t think, really could be done in stilettos). But yes, sometimes stilettos ARE noisy.

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