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Biography of Manuel Pertegaz (1922-2014)


Spanish fashion designer born in Olba (Teruel) in 1922 and based in Barcelona, where he established his workshop in a famous modernist building constructed by the architect Sairach. Part of the small elite of Couture international and their creations dressed for more than six decades to major female figures of the 20th century, from the Queen Sofia of Spain and Jacqueline Kennedy to Ava Gardner and Audrey Hepburn; the delicious star of My Fair Lady which was muse and representation of the perfect figure for Pertegaz.

He began his long career as an apprentice at a small tailoring of the paseo de Gracia in Barcelona and took his first steps as a menswear designer though, very soon, the woman was to become recipient of its creative talent. It was the favorite dressmaker of the Catalan bourgeoisie in postwar and then crossed borders to cover elegance female bodies of half the world. Among other awards, he received the Oscar de la Couture, which in 1954 was awarded the University of Harvard. At the end of his career he returned to design fashion for men.

In 2004 received a very special custom: design costume of marriage of Letizia Ortiz, promised from the Prince of Asturias, don Felipe de Borbón, heir to the Spanish Crown. This custom was accompanied by a major retrospective of his work opened at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid on 17 February of that same year.

In November 2009, the designer was the winner of the 1st. Edition of the national fashion design award, instituted by the Ministry of culture.


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