|MADRID, Oct 21, 2009 UPDATED Apr 6, 2010 — Agatha Ruiz de la Prada made her initial inroads in the fashion world in 1981 when she presented her first women’s fashion collection in Madrid. She received such a good response that she soon opened her first studio/boutique in the capital and began participating in fashion shows in Barcelona.
The designer’s creations became a true means of artistic expression for her and she soon began exhibiting some master pieces in galleries throughout Spain.
In the 1980s, Agatha became one of the most important promoters of the “movement” (the Madrid nightclub and music scene at the time) and, since then, she has continued to be extremely active on this country’s cultural and artistic scene.
Although Agatha had attained certain recognition from the outset of her career, her true triumph came when she joined forces with the most important department store chain in Spain, El Corte Inglés.
Since then, Agatha has crossed frontiers and acquired international recognition through her fashion shows and exhibitions. She started showing her women’s collections in Paris Fashion Week and today they are exhibited in the Madrid and Milan Fashion Weeks along with her children’s collection at the Pitti in Florence.
She also shows her work as a guest artist on runways across the globe, such as in France, Colombia, Poland, Greece, Santo Domingo, the United States, Mexico, Moscow, Rumania, Panama, etc. Her exhibitions are never far behind either and reach destinations as far afield as Tokyo, Beijing, Milan, Barcelona, Liege, New York and Medellín.
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada began licensing her trademark in 1991 and, with women’s fashion as her starting-point, has extended her creativity to the world of children, accessories, furniture, décor, home linen, perfumes, cell phones, school matter, etc. In 2008, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada launched a new gold and diamond jewellery collection, a carpet line and shower screen and security door collections.
She has also presented her new motorbike helmet, gym wear and photo machine lines. This broad product range is distributed via the designer’s exclusive stores in Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Milan, New York and Porto as well as in department stores in over 140 countries.
Today, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada distributes her products across the globe through 43 license holders.
In the first quarter of 2009, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada will be launching her women’s 2010 autumn-winter collection in Cibeles, Milan, Miami and Puerto Rico and her children’s collection in Florence and Lausanne, where the performers in the Cat in Boots opera will be wearing her costumes.
She will also inaugurate a retrospective exhibition at the La Piscine de Roubaix museum in France and another exhibition of children’s fabrics at the Premiá Print Museum in Barcelona.