Our most elegant, our most accessible – and simultaneously undeniably spectacular – collection hits the runway with a vengeance.
An extensive and surprising homage to Yves Saint Laurent – (legendary designer who inspired a young Agatha to follow in his steps and pioneer in the androgynous style for women) – brings you agathist motifs that have not been seen in years. For instance, the use of corduroy. Simple and distinguished, it is reinvented the Agatha Ruiz de la Prada way, with maximum theatrical impact and humour. Corduroy once more becomes the star of the show, as it is mixed and mingled with improbable materials, certain to dazzle the crowds. Sequins, lurex and multi-coloured pleathers are combined with corduroy to form voluminous structures, giant bows, puffed-up skirts and much, much more… Little bells, pompoms and golden buttons also join the fashion parade in mirth.
This Autumn/Winter 2018-2019 collection has been a triumph for our fantastic atelier and their tailoring skills. Each piece is a work of art in its interior. What seems like nonchalant simplicity, like minimalism (by Agatha Ruiz de la Prada standards), is a truly monumental work of dressmaking. The thick corduroy jackets are impeccably constructed, embroidered on the inside, much like most of the more striking dresses of the season. The meticulous inner details, lined in printed silk, in striped cotton, in poplin shirt-material, are finished to perfection; and will make you want to wear the garments inside out.
Velvet – an agathist favourite material for many years – also plays an important role in astounding you with colours in this collection. Like the corduroy, it is superimposed with all sorts of unexpected materials, some of which could make you lose your head. The red velvet bow on top of a dress in fine blue sequins will prove difficult to forget and will guarantee your pre-eminence at any party you may take it.
Shoulder pads, great volumes and power suits for women all make their fabulous come back, seen as never before. Saint Laurent’s feminine tuxedo is sublimated in variations of corduroy, velvet and sequins, an agathist spectacle exuding glamour and a great sense of humour. The first outfits see our chicest atelier pieces combined with more casual commercial garments, cotton and faux-fur sweatshirts casually draped over the shoulders, combined with oversize ‘boyfriend’ shirts and exquisite little pencil skirts. Customized sunglasses and bags adorned with various agathisms accompany the models down their runway, impossibly more cool. Cocktail dresses and evening gowns soon join the party, a vision straight out of our most fantastical dreams.
This unctuous collection, perfect for a winter full of events and parties, proves simply irresistible. There will be no excuses left not to agathize one’s self.
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada (Madrid 1960) studied in the Escuela de Artes y Técnicas de la Moda of Barcelona. At 20, she began working as an intern in the studio of designer Pepe Rubio in Madrid. A year later, she presented her first collection in Madrid at the design centre LOCAL and ever since her designs have been shown in the international capitals of fashion: Paris, Milan, Berlin, Madrid and Barcelona.
Agatha has been a guest of honour and a representative of Spanish fashion on the main catwalks of Albania, Germany, Argentina, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Slovakia, The United States, France, Gambia, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan…
The collections of the following fashion shows stand out:
Tribute to Cristóbal Balenciaga. Museo San Telmo, San Sebastián. (1987)
Unfinished dresses. Berlin and Madrid. (1989)
Expo ’90. Tribute to Sean Scully. Osaka, Japan. (1990)
Fashion Cantata: Lady from Spain. Kyoto, Japan. (1992)
Museum of Modern Art, Paris. (1994)
Tribute to Chillida, The Reina Sofia Museum. (1996)
ABSOLUT Ruiz de la Prada. Madrid, Stockholm, Miami and Punta del Este. (1996-1998)
The Canary Islands, a paradise of flowers, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris. (1998)
International Women’s Day, Hôtel de Ville, Paris. (2003)
Tribute the Meninas of Velázquez, Milan Fashion Week. (2008)
Tribute to Surrealism, Milan Fashion Week. (2009)
Agatha vs. Agatha, Mercedes-Benz Madrid Fashion Week. (2012)
Las autochicas, Mercedes-Benz Madrid Fashion Week (2013)
Prints Retrospective. MBFW, Madrid (2014)
Pool Party, MBFW, Madrid (2016)
Agatha’s designs have become a true medium of artistic expression. During her first years as a designer she began displaying some of her master pieces in galleries and museums in different cities of Spain, France, Italy, US, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Sweden, Colombia, India, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong… In 2014 and 2015, she will present a new retrospective exhibition in different countries of Latin America
Agatha has collaborated with numerous artists like Enrique Vega, Gloria García Lorca, Eduardo Chillida, Pep Guerrero, Luis Galliussi, Philippe Andrieux, Bárbara Juan, Ciuco Gutiérrez, Christopher Makos, Miguel Ángel Molina, Michel Bresson, Ramiro E., Orlan, Nicole Herzog, Karim Rashid…
Since 1986, the company has counted on the collaboration of more than 100 fashion accessory licences. Ceramics coatings, bed and house linen, books, accessories for pets, perfumes and stationery are examples of the many products distributed through Agatha’s flagships stores in Madrid, Paris, Milan, Bogota, Oporto, her online store, as well as a number of multi-brand stores present in over more than 150 countries.
Due to her collaborations with different companies and official organisms, Agatha has designed uniforms, wardrobes, set designs for theatre, opera and dance performances, Christmas lights, children’s parks, urban furniture, theme parks, murals, gardens, restaurants, posters for events, cars etc…
In 2011, the Agatha Ruiz de la Prada Foundation was constituted, conserving an important representation of Agatha’s progression during her past thirty years of history in the world of fashion and creativity, with the purpose of classifying and diffusing her impressive documentary legacy.