Spanish Fashion is diverse, ranging from the classic Balenciaga to the modern and contemporary Loewe. Spain, as a country, has a lot to inspire and show on the catwalk. Our strong tradition making the headdresses used in Holy Week have been an inspiration for many designers like Dolce and Gabbana’s. Clothes by bullfighter provides a wonderful example of those placed on stage by Madonna on her last tour, Spain inspires and shines in the eyes of foreigners. Vogue Magazine América
A rustic Iberian country that enchants designers worldwide, Spain is one of the leading leather manufacturing countries in Europe. Spanish leather is considered good and used by many countries. The main Spanish leather importers are Italy first, renowned for elegance in handbags and shoes, and France is our second largest importer and most of its brands using the leather. Portugal, China, Hong Kong, Germany, United Kingdom, Turkey, Morocco and the United States also use Spanish leather. Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada
Beyond the intensity and creativity, Spanish fashion is a powerful industry, a major driver of the economy, and important source of income. The strong international expansion of some brands, which are becoming world leaders in their segment, have acted as an economic engine, not only in the fashion industry but also the country. Fashion Inspiration ( Vogue British)
Spain has an extraordinary potential for fashion, we are unique and yet reserved to show how much we can influence and dictate trends. Our designers need to show more Spain in their collections, our art inspired by Velasques, our castles need to be transformed into walkways, our food and cocktails representative of next season — all this needs to be explored and presented to the world. The fashion and everything around it generates billions.
In Spain the fashion industry is one of the most visible exports to the world, not only of Spanish creativity, but also innovation and the external competitiveness of our economy. Companies in the industry have done a great job of internationalization. A great example of creativity and expanding is the Inditex group’s Zara brand, a chain of stores around the world with a basic idea of dressing well and paying less. All the models, trends, and large walkways you find in one of the Zara store is a revolution not only for creativity to do business, but also a fashion revolution. Fashion has no rules or barriers, and Zara shows and teaches that every season. Zara (Collection 2014)
Spain is a great leader when it comes to fashion for weddings, their bridal gowns are desired worldwide. Pronovias ranks first in the world rankings in the bridal industry, with customers in 93 countries, 163 stores and over 4,000 points of sale.
Not to mention other major Spanish companies and groups with relevant positions in the world ranking of fashion, such as Mango, H&M, Uneven, Cortefiel and many others with important international presence. Nuria Sardá
Spain has also made, and makes, big names in the fashion world. In the early twentieth century, in 1907, the painter, textile designer and stage designer Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949) created the mythical Delphos dress, pleated silk tunics inspired by ancient Greece, made in very lightweight fabrics with small folds. This clothing enchanted great ladies of the international society, including the silent film stars and dancers like Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham, and was a great fashion design at the time. Mariano Fortuny
In 1895 Guetaria (Guipúzcoa) Cristobal Balenciaga was born and became one of the greatest designers of haute couture of all time. He graduated from Taylor in Spain and developed its activities in Paris for three decades. He dressed royalty and the great movie stars like Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly Marlene Dietrich or Maria Felix inspires him to this day, and he has been the teacher of many of the great masters later. The museum “Balenciaga” in his hometown is a sign of its importance. Maya Hansen and Patricia Nicolás
In the 60s the couture world was dazzled by Pertegaz Manuel, Pedro Rodriguez, Asunción Bastida and Elio Berhanyer. Pertegaz (1918-2014) was one of the great masters of haute couture world, and was the first Spanish designer who took his clothes to the elitist Fifth Avenue in New York. In 1960 he was invited, along with Valentino and Pierre Cardin, to the first European Fashion Gala, held in Mexico. In 1964, he presented his projects with great success in the Spanish Pavilion at the World Exhibition in New York. His suits are exported around the world and has received numerous awards throughout his career, culminating in the wedding dress design of Queen Letizia. Chic and casual Roberto Verino.(bravo bravo)
All these teachers helped build and export the Spanish fashion industry, and installed the industry and expanded it from the 70’s creating known designers like Paco Rabanne, Francis Montesinos, Adolfo Dominguez, Jesus del Pozo, Roberto Verino, Josep font, Custo Barcelona, Sybilla, Purification Garcia, Antonio Miró, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Angel Schlesser, and Patricia Nicolas, Lydia Delgado, Victorio & Lucchino, Maya Hansen, Nuria Sardá, Amaya Arzuaga, Custo Dalmau and many others continue to drive the fashion and the economy of Spain. Adolfo Domínguez
A good objective to start would be to transform Madrid into a mandatory stop on the trail of fashion week. Attracting major fashion designers parading their collections, I am in favor of opening our castles, rustic churches to great shows. This not only contributes to fashion, but also commerce and knowledge of our cities. Palace Alhambra in Granada Spain
Spain has much yet to show, and what still is lacking is our designers parading our culture and history through our castles and ancient cities. Fashion and culture can be a wonderfully vibrant creation with extraordinary results for all.
Article by Ferrer Angélica