August 7, 2008 / 1:09 PM / in 9 years

Spanish bullfighter to don Armani-designed costume

MADRID (Reuters Life!) - Spanish bullfighter Cayetano Rivera will sport a glittering costume made especially for him by Italian designer Giorgio Armani when he takes part in the “Corrida Goyesca” bullfight in Ronda, Andalusia on September 6.

Cayetano’s satin “suit of lights”, the bullfighter’s traditional costume, will be in Armani’s hallmark shade of greyish beige embroidered with sequins, crystals and silver thread, Cayetano and Armani said in separate statements.

The 31-year-old, who comes from a long line of famous bullfighters, has appeared in advertisements for Armani joining other celebrities from the sporting world who have worked with the designer like British soccer player David Beckham.

The annual “Corrida Goyesca” fight in Ronda’s historic bullring has numbered U.S. actor Orson Welles and author Ernest Hemingway among its spectators.

Fighters wear costumes from the era of 18th Century painter Francisco Goya.

Spanish painter Pablo Picasso designed the suit of lights costume for Cayetano’s grandfather Antonio Ordonez for the same event around 50 years ago.

Reporting by Sonya Dowsett

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