Agatha Ruiz de la Prada
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada (Madrid, 1960) studied at the School of Arts and Fashion Techniques in Barcelona. While in her twenties, she started working as an assistant in the Madrid studio of fashion designer Pepe Rubio. A year later, she launched her first collection at the LOCAL design centre in Madrid.
Since that time, Agatha has shown in the world’s fashion capitals —Paris, Milan, New York, Florence, Madrid…— and has been the guest of honour and representative of Spanish fashion at the world’s greatest fashion catwalks.
The designer’s creations have become a true means of artistic expression and, since her early years in the fashion world she has been exhibiting her masterpieces in galleries and museums in cities in Europe, America and Asia.
In recent years, she has collaborated with Google Arts & Culture on the international WeWearCulture project, presenting two virtual exhibitions that pay homage to Agatha's unique contribution of cultural heritage in the fashion world.
Agatha has also collaborated with a plethora of artists such as 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 and Karim Rashid
She first licenced the firm in 1986 and has entered into business arrangements with more than 100 companies producing fashion accessories, tiles, household items, perfumery and stationery, and many other products retailed through the designer's own and multibrand stores all around the world.
In collaboration with different companies and official bodies, she has designed uniforms, costumes and sets for plays, operas and dance performances, children’s playgrounds and urban furniture, theme parks, murals, gardens, restaurants, posters for events, cars, etc.
Her contribution to Spanish fashion received official recognition with the National Award for Fashion Design 2017, and the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts 2008, awarded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, and the Honorary Prize from the Fashion Industry 2018 awarded by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.
In 2011, the Agatha Ruiz de la Prada Foundation was formed, conserving an important representation of Agatha’s progression, with the purpose of classifying, preserving and disseminating her impressive documentary legacy in the world of fashion and creativity.
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada is back on the catwalk, more modern and effervescent than ever. Her collection for spring/summer 2020 is packed with surprises, mixtures and hidden references. Everything is brimming with joy, colour and fantasy, reminding us that our 21st-century queen of hearts is also the queen of cool.