Last saturday I caught wind of the sad news: Manuel Pertegaz, one of the most relevant designers of these last years and possibly Spain’s design sector reference of last decades passed away at the age of 96. A feeling of sadness washed over me and left me silent and overwhelmed for a while.
However, far from mourning in silence, Pertegaz won the right to the complete opposite. He was a jolly man that knew how to translate his vitality onto his wonderful designs. That’s why I want to give the master the farewell he deserves by remembering his work, his endless talent and capacity to turn his dreams into fashion and trend.
He was the first Spanish designer to own a store in New York’s Fifth Avenue (after Barcelona and Madrid). Along his extended career he had the chance to dress several celebrities and Royal personalities such as Audrey Hepburn, Jaqueline Kennedy or the now Queen of Spain, Letizia Ortiz (still a Princess back then). How both overwhelming and beautiful it must be to have your dresses be the center of attention.
I learnt one thing from Manuel Pertegaz: his dedication to dressing elegant and sophisticated women. He defended the idea of the dress adapting to women’s bodies and not the other way around. That’s now Villais’ motto. That’s the reason we think and live ‘Custom Made’. Any and every designer must think in how to make the woman wearing one of their dresses feel special, unique and most of all, precious.
Hasta siempre, Manuel, tu ejemplo seguirá vivo en nosotros.
Farewell, Manuel. Your example will live through us.