The Madrid City Council has granted a plaque of recognition to Manuel Pertegaz Ibáñez, creator and designer of haute couture, for being considered the most important Spanish dressmaker with Balenciaga. Its influence reaches the 21st century, since it knew how to adapt to the constant changes in the fashion world, always staying true to its style.
For this reason, the Areas of Economy, Innovation and Employment and Culture, Tourism and Sports, at the proposal of the Association of Friends of the Costume Museum, have agreed this recognition in the form of a plaque that will be located in one of the relevant locations of his professional career, for example in Calle Hermosilla, 48, where in 1948 he opened his first store in Madrid, or on Paseo de la Castellana, 56, where he moved his halls in 1957 to later move to number 122 of the same route .
Manuel Pertegaz moved to the United States in 1954 with Valentino, Pierre Cardin, Pierre Balmain and the Fontana sisters and received the Oscar of Sewing from Harvard University. After the death of Christian Dior, in 1957, he refused to be the creative director of the Dior firm to continue working and strengthening his own brand.
The designer signed some of the most famous designs in the history of Spanish fashion, such as the wedding dress of Carmen Sevilla (1961), the costume of the flight attendants of Iberia (1968) or the dress of Salome in Eurovision (1969 ). One of his most remembered designs is the bridal dress of Queen Letizia (2004).
He has received numerous awards and recognitions, such as the Antonio Gaudí Gold Medal and the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts, as well as the honorary Golden Needle (1999), the most prestigious award in Spanish fashion. In 2009 he received the National Design and Fashion Award.