In 2017 while in Spain, I had the pleasure of attending an exhibition of designer Manuel Pertegaz’ haute couture. Having grown up in the United States, I wasn’t aware of Pertegaz. I knew of Balenciaga, Dior, Givenchy and other designers working in Paris. The first time I heard of Pertegaz was shopping with my sister-in-law in Madrid for handbags. I purchased a Pertegaz crossbody, a little bronze beauty of a bag.
My interest in Pertegaz sparked, I wanted to learn more about his style. If you want career details you can Wiki. Legend has it that after the passing of Christian Dior, Pertegaz was asked to be their lead designer, he was that phenomenal. However, he chose to stay in his native Spain and find his success at home.
A video of the exhibition, held in a restored water tower, can be seen by clicking HERE. I’ve included photos from my exhibition visit below beginning with this red stunner.
Pertegaz designed for the most glamorous women in Spain. He also made his designs available to the masses via Vogue patterns.
One of the highlights of his career was designing the desk and flight attendant uniforms for Iberian Airlines in 1968. At the time, the designs were considered the height of sixties fashion.
The on-board uniforms were blue polka dot with an Andalusian flair.
In his later years, he designed Queen Letizia’s wedding dress.
A wonderful, chock full o’ fashion documentary on Pertegaz can be viewed by clicking HERE. It is AMAZING. It will SPARK JOY. Unfortunately, it’s in Spanish, so you may not understand it. It’s about fashion after all, which is visual, so just deal. My Spanish is Duolingo level, but I managed to understand un poco and by moving throughout I managed 4.2K Fitbit steps.
And one more tid bit before I go… yes, Netflix, my favorite. They have a Spanish television series called Velvet set in an haute couture taller in 1950’s Spain. The series follows the lives of the designers, employees and owners. Subtitles are available. Señor Pertegaz is often mentioned and they even wove their own fictional airline fashion story into the show. I highly recommend if you enjoy fashion and romance.