Pertegaz

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.

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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.

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Pertegaz designed for the most glamorous women in Spain.  He also made his designs available to the masses via Vogue patterns.

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Pattern from circa 1969

 

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.

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The color was called Rosa Real

The on-board uniforms were blue polka dot with an Andalusian flair.

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Flight attendant’s on board uniform

 

In his later years, he designed Queen Letizia’s wedding dress.

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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.

 

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Manuel Pertegaz

6 Comments

  1. Terri, when you come next month we can go see another fashion exhibit if you want … something completely different … Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. She’s a crazy designer.

    Check it out and let me know if you are interested. http://www.culturaydeporte.gob.es/mtraje/exposicion/temporales/historico/2019/el-poderde-laimagen-ardp.html

    It is at the Museo del Traje, so you might be interested in visiting the museum’s permanent collections also. http://www.culturaydeporte.gob.es/mtraje/exposicion/permanente.html

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    Terri Pastor posted: “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 Pari”

  2. Hi Terri!

    As I was reading your blog, I was about to write and ask if you have seen Velvet… and then you referenced it. I love that show. Fashion, some soap opera like drama, humor, and in Spanish, what more could one want. I didn’t know that Pertegaz was a real person. Now I want to know more about his work. Does he still design? Is there a Pertegaz Boutique, and can I afford any of it? Thanks for the blog.

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  3. It was impressive, you had the plain no frills dresses and also the most intricate designs and then gorgeous feminine dresses. I liked to see the up close materials of the dresses, especially the red dress I was surprised at the texture of the material. My favorite. Thanks for show casing another great designer.

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