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Dolores Cortés

Born in Villarreal (Castellón), she graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Valencia and began her professional life working at the Hospital Arnau de Vilanova, where she obtained the title of Specialist in Internal Medicine.

Later, while working in a private internal medicine practice, she studied and obtained the title of Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Hospital Clínico de Valencia.

With this specialty she opened his own clinic: Consultation, Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Center, which she continues to run today.
She shares this work as a medical professional with her other activity related to the world of design and business: 

She collaborates in the family business, the swimwear company founded by her mother, Dolores Cortés in the early 50s.  This collaboration goes back, practically, to her childhood and has intensified over time since, without having a direct position, she has always participated in all the company's tasks. This has been fundamental for her formation as a businesswoman.

In 1980, she created the current company Dolores Font Cortes S.A as a continuation of the previous one, of which she is a founding partner with her family.

Her collaboration in the company went further, and in 1991 she took over the management of the company upon his mother's retirement.

Since the 90's, she worked and promoted some new targets for the company by taking on, two new challenges: One is the expansion to foreign markets and the other is the task of converting the manufacture of swimwear, into a swimwear fashion company.          
          
  To achieve this, she strengthens the Creative Department which she personally directs and adopts her mother's name "Dolores Cortés" as the brand name of her swimsuits, and uses it as her own in her activity as a designer.

After some time, a new brand of women's swimwear was added under the name of “Tamouré” and another one for children under the “DC Kids” name.

This new company philosophy is translated, on one hand, in an increasing presence in foreign markets, and on the other hand, in being invited to participate in prestigious fashion catwalks. This led her to create another very exclusive collection under the name of “Dolores Cortes Pasarela”.

Her first fashion show is in the Pasarela del Carmen, in its first edition in 1999, and from 2001 she also participates in the Pasarela Gaudí in Barcelona, and since 2007 in the Pasarela Cibeles in Madrid, continuing until now in the MBFWM. In 2010 she was also invited to participate at the MB Fashion Week in Miami and at the Pasarela Moda Cálida in Gran Canaria.

The presence of the brand in the media is always increasing and it is currently recognized as a reference in its sector.

The family business has been awarded with various prestigious recognitions as a company,  and also personally to its founder Dolores Cortés, through various distinctions and awards such as:

  • Gold Medal for Merit in the Workplace awarded by His Majesty the King at the request of the Council of Ministers.
  • Les Corts Valencianes Award for Working Women.
  • Nova Award 2003, from the Generalitat Valenciana, to the Enterprising Woman.
  • She has been nominated for the National Fashion Awards in the 2014 and 2015 editions.
  • In 2016 she was awarded the National Fashion SME Award. Important recognition from the Ministry of Industry, presented to her by HM Queen Leticia.
  • In 2017 Gold Medal of the University of Castellón and named “Hija Predilecta de Vila real”.
  • Medal of Honor for the export of the Chamber of Commerce.

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PHILOSOPHY

The Collectión takes as a reference the Paris decorative arts exhibition of 1925, which became the starting point of Art Decó and later on a mass phenomenon.

This trend, difficult to define, has been referred as the last overall style” in history, since it influenced all fields: Fashion, Art, Cinema, Decoration, Architecture...; even Dance, being the reflection of a new way of life.

The taste for this independent lifestyle and functionality defined its most distinctive elements. Art Decó Fashion marked a before and after in the way of dressing, especially noticeable in womens clothing, which was democratized and provided more freedom of movement.

A representative icon of this aesthetic and expression of a new concept of life is Josephine Baker. French dancer, singer and actress of African-American origin and known as The Ebony Venus”, she made her debut at the opening of this exhibition. An intelligent woman, artist and activist, she maintained a close connection with fashion and many of its most important figures; in Hemingways words: The most sensational woman anyone has ever seen”. She transcended gender, social and racial barriers and became one of the most famous women of her time. She was a spy during World War II, she fought against racism and contributed to the civil rights movement.

From an early age she understood the power of image and the role of fashion in constructing identities. She was Paul Poirets muse, a friend of Christian Dior and an ambassador of French couture at its lowest moments.

The highly exotic spirit of the movement acquires influences and motifs from distant cultures and times.
Both in theme and ornamentation, we find figures that remind us of Mesopotamian friezes, clothing that transports us to an Arab environment or gestures that we identify with Egypt. Along with the archaeological discoveries of the first decades of the century, especially the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, Europeans and Americans reinforced the fascination for other cultures.

This is reflected in the Collection through asymmetrical silhouettes and wraparound details that evoke exotic travels and a renewed interest in craftsmanship, through wooden beads and decorated straps for a couture swimwear look.

In terms of color, the Collection evolves from terracotta and pinkish colors to a palette of saffron tones, oranges and strong blues to evoke images of the sunset. All this with organic prints and graphics that are combined with primitive geometric structures simulating manual techniques, such as xylography.

Dolores Cortés in MBFWM

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