|MADRID, Apr 25, 2009 / FW/ — Born on 8 October 1967 in Venezuela, Hannibal Laguna grew up watching the work of his parents at «Donetta Venezolana», one of the most renowned children’s fashion factories in the 80s. In 1982, he moved to Europe where he studied tailoring in Milan and chose fashion creation as his means of professional expression.
In 1987, he began his solo career opening his first prêt-à-porter point of sale. But, it was not until 1990 when he made his debut on the Pasarela Cibeles catwalk, introducing his collections into the best multi-brand boutiques in Spain and thus paving the way to the most important distinguishing marks of his track record has been his ability to combine perfectly the attainment and creation of trademark licenses with the expansion and development of his own ateliers and couture collections.
The Hannibal Laguna Brides international line for Pronovias; Hannibal Laguna Bijoux; the Communion Fashion collection for Marla Española; Hannibal Laguna Grooms for Protocolo; the Hannibal Laguna shoe and accessory collection, and the «Marie Claire 100 years» collection are perfect examples of this coexistence.
Since 1997 to the present day, he has shown his couture bridal collections at Pasarela Gaudí Novias in Barcelona. In 1998, he began his relationship with Cibeles, a collaboration which, after several years at the BCN Fashion Week, he has renewed once again with the showing of his «Too Cherry» collection at ratified with One & Only at Pasarela Cibeles (September 2007).
He has collaborated in national and international fashion projects for major firms such as L’Oreal and Palmolive and his interesting involvement in the following exhibitions is noteworthy: «Art and fashion» (Valencia, Valmontone, La Havana and Saint Petersburg); «Passion. Spanish design» (Madrid, Salamanca, Chicago and Berlin); «Behind the looking glass. Spanish fashion» (Madrid); «31 twists to a bag» (Madrid and Valencia) and «Barbie fashion icon»’ (Madrid).
Since 1998, when he made his «Tribute to Dalí» collection for the Universal Exhibition of Lisbon 98, his collaborations with the theatre, the stage and cinema have been ongoing. The following are worthy of mention: Lechery in the «Divine Comedy» by Dante Alghieri for La Fura Dels Baus on its international tour; of «Cinderella» by Antonio Canales; his «Prometeo» for the Festival of Classical Theatre in Mérida; and special film costumes for «La mujer más fea del mundo» by Miguel Bardem, «Crimen ferpecto» by Alex de la Iglesia and «Dí que sí» by Juan Calvo, among others.
In 2008, Hannibal Laguna made his debut on the red stairs of Cannes Film Festival with Spanish actress Paz Vega wearing a couture piece from One & Only collection.
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