The traditional annual Goyesca bullfight, held yesterday in Ronda, when the matadores dress in the costumes of Francisco Goya’s time (1746-1828) was turned on its head this year when star bullfighter Cayetano Rivera Ordóñez turned up in a much trumpeted suit designed by Giorgio Armani. The social aspects of the event long ago took over from the art of bullfighting. On the same cartel were José María Manzanares and Miguel Ángel Perera.>In its 53rd edition this year, the feria is associated with the place where Pedro Romero was born in 1754. Romero invented the modern on-foot bullfight; he killed 5,000 bulls without ever being gored. The event was restored to prominence in 1954, and given its present name, by Antonio Ordoñez, Cayetano’s grandfather, for whom Picasso designed a suit in the 1950s. Celebrities such as Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles, friends of Antonio Ordóñez, were early supporters of this classic corrida.
Among celebrities present this year was Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, who came in by helicopter, probably from his yacht, the largest in the world, anchored at the Port of Málaga for some weeks now. Present too was the redoubtable Duchess of Alba, María del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart, who has more aristocratic titles than the Queen of England.