| MADRID, Apr 3, 2010 / — Nicolás Vaudelet was born in Brittany in 1976. In 1994, he moved to Paris and began his studies at the Met de Penninghen et Jacques d’Andon Advanced College of Graphic Arts.
In 1997, he joined Christian Lacroix’s haute couture studio, a decisive experience for Nicolás which awoke in him his passion for the art and music of Spain. His work at the haute couture firm focused on studying embroidery and prints and on seeking iconography, during which the designer’s crucial discovery of Velázquez, Murillo, La Zarzuela and La Copla occurred.
A year later, Nicolás joined Dior, also in the haute couture studio. In 1999, he moved to Louis Vuitton, where he took his first steps in prêt-à-porter.
The year 2000 was another decisive moment in Nicolás’ career; he joined Givenchy. It was here that he truly ratified his position in the design of fur and leather goods. He assimilated a very specific style which merges classic details and finishes, such as fasteners and hand backstitching, with more modern volumes.
Jean Paul Gaultier signed him up as an accessory designer, both for haute couture as well as for commercial lines. In this latter and more recent stage, Nicolás learned from the “Enfant Terrible” an eclectic style, where everything is design and inspiration emerges from anywhere. In conjunction with him, he developed Madonna’s wardrobe for the “Confession Tour” and the wardrobes for the dancer Joaquín Cortés, his musicians and the flamenco singers in his shows.
Nicolás Vaudelet joined the hundred-year-old centenary trademark from Seville “el caballo” in early 2007 within the “renewal without losing its essence” strategy which the company is implementing.
Attracted by Spanish culture from the time he spent at Lacroix, the designer recognises in El Caballo “a luxury firm with great potential which combines classic and more modern codes”. Since he joined the firm as the creative designer, he has already presented four collections: “Hispalis” (spring–summer 2008), “Don’t call me Margarita, call me Rita” (autumn-winter 2008-09), The Poet King (spring-summer 2009), participating with the latter in the shows of Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week, and his latest collection, “Bandoleros” (autumn-winter 2009-10), winning the L’Oréal Paris award for the best collection.