Agatha Ruiz de la Prada
Portrait of Spanish fashion designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. Interview with the designer and with Christian Tortu, a floral art creator, regarding their collaboration in his latest collection.
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada is to Spanish fashion what Almodovar is to its cinema: a flag-bearer for Movida. This moral liberation movement marked the return of democracy after the Francoist dictatorship at the beginning of the 1980s. Under the influence of the English New Wave, it was a real cultural revolution which affected the very catholic and conservative Spain. Carried on the vitality and exuberance of the young artists, the Iberian peninsula was reborn with a festive nocturnal life which has since been a symbol of its identity. It's this state of mind which characterises the works of Agatha Ruiz de la Prada.
Born in Madrid in 1960 into a family of art collectors, the creator was tempted by painting but in the end chose fashion and design. She attended courses at the School of Art and Fashion Technique in Barcelona and in 1981 presented her first collection, whimsical, childish and colourful. Since then, thanks to multiple collaborations, with different sponsors she continued to produce her famous colourful hearts, moons, stars and suns, influenced by Pop Art and Mark Rothko painting.