Half Valencian, half Andalusian, he was born in Caracas. The man behind Hannibal Laguna grew up watching his parents at work on one of the 1970s most outstanding children’s fashion brands. At the age of 15, he moved to Europe and studied tailoring in Milan, specialising in volumetric construction and the technique of pattern-making on mannequins.
In 1987, his first “Concorde” collection received the Air France award and he was selected by Paco Rabanne to represent Spain at the international “Europe in USA” show.
Hannibal Laguna, the firm, was formed in 1988, coinciding with the presentation of the first show at the legendary Colony Theater in Miami and an exhibition of his collection at the Miami Convention Center. Critical and media acclaim prompted the then-small family business to move into global distribution and the opening of a new atelier for the brand. Soon afterwards, the firm began experimenting with creating exclusive designs for clients, and boutiques started ordering pieces from the private collections. This is when they decided to fuse prêt-à-porter with exclusive designs, thus creating the iconic couture collections.
During the 1990s, the brand discovered the magic of dressing brides and the firm's signature bodices became a milestone. It was one of the first firms to present a monographic bridal collection on the Gaudí catwalk.
In 2017, Hannibal Laguna celebrated its 30th anniversary and in 2019, the firm opened its new Boutique at 25 Zorrilla Street, in the centre of the Golden Mile of Art in Madrid.
It is a proponent of timeless beauty and elegance. The magical style of these signature designs comes to life in unmistakable feminine silhouettes and delicate strokes. These are the captivating hallmarks that define it as a favourite Spanish fashion firm and with significant international exposure.
The announcement of a new stage and the disturbing sensation that the unknown produces can be compared to the magical outbreak of life, always wrapped in magnetism, hope and a certain halo of mystery.
COSMOLOGY is a collection born from the firm's creative, energetic and daring process, which firmly looks to the future, incorporating other artistic disciplines into fashion. To build this proposal, nine allegorical sculptures have been created that offer us an abstract and heavenly vision of the universe and its relationship with matter and spirit. Concepts and feelings such as creativity, love, goodness and evil are represented with cosmic forms and interpretations, framed in beliefs and legends that some cultures extol and use to keep alive the validity of the illusion.
In this collection, dresses and sculptures share the veins of their colors and the movement of their silhouettes. The symbols go far beyond their outline, evoking the bright and dark light of planets, moons and stars that rotate in a universe where the movement of the stars becomes the epicenter of life, where everything converges, returns and is concentrates.
In this new artistic firmament, we describe the sculptures as pieces with a clearly defined and unique visual language that seeks beauty, serenity and a balanced harmony; compositions in which the female silhouette, the cosmos and the sprouting of life are the focal point of works of art that have been created with a special architectural stone to give transcendence to the ephemeral process of fashion.
"When I learned about NEOLITH sintered stone and its qualities, I fell in love with its artistic potential and with the hyper-realistic concept of its finishes," explains the creator, "NEOLITH has given me the opportunity to be inspired by its materials to create nine sculptures that have formed part of the creative process of this collection, merging architecture, fashion and art in the same work. For the first time, I have immersed myself in the exciting discipline of sculpture, with the challenge of conceiving abstract figures with hyper-realistic materials. This antagonistic combination of concepts and a magical vision of the world, of existence and of our relationship with the stars, have made this proposal become a unique experience, materializing in a fable of elegant works of art and sculptural evening dresses " , concludes the designer.
Along with the sculptures there is a collection of evanescent dresses in nocturnal silhouettes that caress the body, reconciling strength and delicacy, combining translucent fabrics and sumptuous ornaments that evoke the brilliance of hypnotic constellations. A gallery of crystallized geometric motifs with straight and curved lines, tinged with deep colors to create a stellar atmosphere.
COSMOLOGY is an anthology of ethereal forms that dance around the enchanted glow of the moon with a burst of light that reveals the rich tradition of craftsmanship in the House's signature Haute Couture techniques and embroidery. The choice of color has not been accidental, it is a tribute to the innumerable and mysterious shades of black that masterfully orbit our universe, flooding the darkness with beauty.
Nuvola, Sirius, Stella, Hydra, Cygnus, Lyra, Miraklo, Borealis and Circinus are the names of the sculptures that will orbit the most spatial collection of the house.