Agatha Ruiz de la Prada
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada (Madrid, 1960) studied at the Escuela de Artes y Técnicas de la Moda in Barcelona. At the age of 20 she began working as an assistant in the Madrid studio of the couturier Pepe Rubio. A year later she presented her first collection at the LOCAL design centre in Madrid.
Since then Agatha has paraded in the fashion capitals - Paris, Milan, New York, Florence, Madrid... - and has been a guest of honour and representative of Spanish fashion on the main catwalks of the world.
The designer's creations have become a true means of artistic expression and since her early years in the fashion world she began to exhibit some of her masterpieces in galleries and museums in different cities in Europe, America and Asia.
In recent years she has collaborated with Google Arts & Culture in the international project WeWearCulture, presenting two virtual exhibitions that pay homage to Agatha's singularity as a cultural heritage within the world of fashion.
Agatha has also collaborated with numerous artists such as Enrique Vega, Gloria García Lorca, Eduardo Chillida, Pep Guerrero, Luis Galliussi, Philippe Andrieux, Bárbara Juan, Ciuco Gutiérrez, Christopher Makos, Miguel Ángel Molina, Michel Bresson, Ramiro E., Orlan, Nicole Herzog, Karim Rashid...
Her first licence was signed in 1986 and since then she has signed commercial agreements with more than 100 companies of fashion accessories, ceramic tiles, household items, perfumery and stationery, and many other products that are distributed through the designer's exclusive shops and in multi-brand shops all over the world.
Through her collaboration with different companies and official bodies, she has designed uniforms, costumes and scenographies for theatre, opera and dance performances, children's playgrounds and street furniture, theme parks, murals, gardens, restaurants, event signage, cars, etc.
His contribution to the image of Spanish fashion has been recognised with the National Prizes for Fashion Design and Fashion Industry, awarded in 2017 and 2018 respectively, in addition to the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts awarded in 2008.
Since 2011, the Agatha Ruiz de la Prada Foundation, where an important representation of Agatha's evolution is kept, has the mission of cataloguing, conserving and disseminating her impressive documentary legacy of her almost forty years of history in the world of fashion and creativity.