Manuel Pertegaz (1918-2014), The Eternal Dressmaker
This is the small exhibition tribute from the Museo del Traje to the figure of Manuel Pertegaz. For a month (in addition to the usual showcase dedicated to the dressmaker in the “Designer Fashion” area) 11 pieces from the master of sewing can be enjoyed.
Born in Olba (Teruel) in 1918, since he was a child he felt the vocation of sewing and with only 24 years old he already opened his first sewing house in Barcelona. After the civil war, it opened in Madrid, where it triumphed, and in the mid-1950s it entered the American market with great success, eventually receiving the Oscar de la Costura awarded by Harvard University. After rejecting the creative direction of the Dior house in 1957, he continues a career full of recognitions that culminates with the tribute exhibition at the MNCARS in 2004 and the production of the wedding dress of the then Princess Letizia and the Golden Needle Award the same year.
1930: when he was 12 years old, he began to work in a store on Calle del Carmen in Barcelona, a little later he worked at the Angulo tailor shop, where he discovered women’s fashion
1942: first sewing house in Barcelona / 1948: first sewing house in Madrid
1954: first trip to the USA. Presents collection in NY, Boston, Atlanta and Philadelphia. Orders from American department stores. Oscar de la Costura from Harvard University.
1957: offer to run the Dior house in Paris. It exports to England, Canada and Switzerland. Parades in Venice, London, Santiago de Chile, Cairo and Copenhagen
1958: receives the Cairo Gold Medal
1960: participates in the First Fashion Gala in Mexico DF with Pierre Cardin and Valentino
1965: Diagonal is born, his first perfume for sale worldwide, produced by Puig
1966: Gold Medal of Mexico City
1968: Inaugurates the first of its ready-to-wear boutiques. New Orleans Gold Medal
1969: Between Madrid and Barcelona, 700 people work under their charge. He is appointed Commander of the Royal Order of Isabel la Católica
1970: Pertegaz Punto ready-to-wear line
1972: Gold Medal of Berlin and Boston
1973: Knight’s Cross of Saint George in Teruel
1974: Muy Pertegaz perfume
1975: closes his sewing salon in Madrid
1982: Diagonal Sport perfume
1993: Gold Medal of the Complutense University of Madrid
1997: debut in men’s fashion
1999: Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts
2004: Golden Needle Award, tribute exhibition at the MNCARS and dress of Princess Letizia
2009: receives the first National Fashion Award