Pilar Torrecillas, the brand’s creative director, was born in Granada. Its evolution is marked by an environment closely linked to the world of architecture. After finishing her studies in Spain, the United Kingdom and France, she worked as a fashion collections buyer in Paris for six years. Her love for design, for her job and for her hometown has led her, after a decade abroad, to return to Spain with an international vision to create her own brand in 2000.
Her DNA has been modelled over the years in what Pilar understands as a hybrid between two profiles, that of designer as a creative soul and that of a brand, due to her capacity for production and marketing. In 2005 she received the Flag of Andalusia.
Each garment is designed, made from start to finish and distributed from their workshops in Granada in a commitment to "made in Spain" and handmade products.
Pilar Dalbat has developed a method of working that is all her own through her relationship with architecture and her defence and enhancement of heritage spaces. The places she chooses to show her creations inspire the creative process of each collection. She looks upon her collections as a whole and conceives sensory staging that goes beyond the usual formats.
Her signature collections are present in the most prestigious showrooms and points of sale in Spain and abroad. Her work is marked by a contemporary vision of fashion capable of creating garments whose design stands the test of time.
The brand presents its collections twice a year at the MBFWM. She has been a guest designer at the RFW (Russian Fashion Week), in Paris and the Czech Republic and has presented her collections several times in Tokyo.
Pilar collaborates with artists from very diverse fields and is a lecturer at the University of Granada as well as at many of the Art Schools and fashion education centres in Spain.
"Fortuny II" is the second instalment of two collections with which Pilar Dalbat celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great Mariano Fortuny Madrazo in Granada, the birthplace of both.
Pilar and her team close a year of research with the multifaceted figure of Fortuny after more than a decade of research. The first great Spanish designer to develop an understanding of artistic production, craft techniques and innovation that will guide his creations.
The reinterpretation of the classic Delphos, which gives shape to dresses and blouses made with pleated fabrics, make up the freshest part of the collection designed for summer, offering comfort while an elegant fitting.
Skirts with airy flounces are mixed with striped tops in Venetian style. Gold and pink ballerina dresses, made with tulle and bobbin lace applications, for a light and bohemian total look. A signature of comfort without sacrificing the brand's style.
The russet-coloured cotton gabardine takes over this time the trouser skirt, a protagonist in Pilar Dalbat's collections. Reversible vests, tuxedo dresses and revised jackets.
The versatile evening wear, with vaporous fabrics and glitter bring the most fun and Venetian part of this collection.
The colour barometer is once again Fortuny's own; this time with lagoon blue, pinks, golds and stripes intertwined with touches of black and white.
After intense research and experimentation work, our brand bet for next summer 2022 lies in the handcrafted applications tested in the workshop that are based on the Fortuny imaginary and give rise to a contemporary reinterpretation that continues to focus on sustainability and seeks to squeeze the most out of resources.
Fortuny's authentic pleats are abstracted and digitized to produce printed fabrics that give texture to skirts and dresses. The methacrylate pieces designed in our first collection and their matrices are recovered, to accompany again the handmade process of making applications and accessories, in a commitment to slow fashion that the brand has defended since its inception.
This collection is the return of a journey, the final touch of our tribute to the interesting and infinite universe of Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, after more than a decade of research.