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Wedding Gown Fashion from Spain: Manuel Mota

This Week:
Manuel Mota

After seeing as many gowns as we have, we were surprised to find ourselves falling in love all over again. Mota's gowns are fresh, clean, classic and avant-garde all at once. With chiffons, silks and lace, our hearts are all a flutter.

Manuel Mota started working with Pronovias forty years ago, bringing with him new and original ideas for bridal wear designs and focusing on more avant-garde lines. One of the key features of his work is his determination to create a total look in each of his lines, ranging from the delicately classical style to more contemporary and avant-garde designs. His Mediterranean background is a constant source of inspiration, which he makes full use of to dress brides who, far from feeling out of place, are brimming over with life and optimism, and exude a sense of elegance, allure and sensuality.

The launch of his own brand name within the Pronovias Group marked the fulfilment of one of his major ambitions. This product line reveals a more personal side of Mota's work, designed for a more daring bride looking for a new and more suggestive image. The success he enjoyed with his previous collection "Manuel Mota for Pronovias 2003" looks set to continue with his second collection, where he uses lace, the most delicate of fabrics, in his bridal designs.
Manuel Mota is currently one of the leading names in the international bridal wear sector.

Source: FashionFromSpain

See his 2009 collection here at the Pronovias website.

The colorful world of

Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada

The big surprise in the Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada show was not so much the bold use of colour or the impossible volumes, but the absence of the designer herself who, on this occasion did not make her usual multicoloured appearance at the end of this first day of the Puerta de Europa.

Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada brides wear shawls and veils in orange and fuchsia and brightly-coloured layers of tulle which peak out from under skirts. They dress in off-white and ivory, but are quite capable of donning bright pink yellow on their wedding day. They are fans of taffeta and mikado, but also lamé and new-age fabrics. Their gowns have flower or heart appliqué and long satin ribbons which, whether discreet or bright, are always the focus of attention.

The Madrid designer’s bridal gowns are virtually all empire cut with ornamentation on square, boat, V-shaped or bustier necklines, criss-crossed with the designer’s trademark flowers and hearts. They have practical pockets and long skirts, that sometimes turn into XXL trousers aiming to be more comfortable for the bride.

Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada’s most romantic designs ripple gently, with wide horizontal borders beset with tiny tissue-paper flowers.

Source: FashionFromSpain

To watch these dresses in motion, watch this YouTube video of the show:

Her wonderful fun & informative website is here.
Her Blog (YES, Blog) can be found here in English!
Both are fascinating and downright fun.

Happy Planning!

Isabel Zapardiez

We were delighted to come across this wonderful gown designer of haute couture, Isabel Zapardiez from Spain.

The absolute splendor of these gowns is breathtaking! We decided to feature her designs first and continue each week (or so) to introduce you to other designers from Spain.

Enjoy the slide show above and the YouTube video of her recent show here:

A description of this show:

The collection by San Sebastian’s Isabel Zapardiez is inspired by Paul Poiret silhouettes and the glamour of old Hollywood, with divas from the world of silent movies cloaked in flowing dresses with low waists and oriental ornament. The subtle sweep of skirts and veils, coupled with transparency, make for dreamy, mysterious brides whose shapes change into something more emphatic, sculpted and bolder as the catwalk continues.

The first gowns emerge in a profusion of natural silk gauze, tulle, draping, muslin and soleil pleating in mermaid and low-waisted dresses that take us back to the Roaring Twenties. They contrast with the more categorical presence of damask, brocade and mikado in a more ceremonial line which makes use of funnel necks, Japanese sleeves, sets of buttons and imposing flowing sashes.

The vintage inspiration of the design is reflected in fabric, where Zapardiez has resorted to materials over two centuries old and combined these with other more new-age alternatives.

Colours vary discreetly throughout, from classic white and ivory to shimmering pearl with sparkling silver and glittering gold thread.

Source: FashionFromSpain

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