A few weeks ago we hopped on a plane and flew to Barcelona, Spain. A first for the both of us, needless to say we were excited! We were off to visit the Pronovias showroom, attend the Pronovias 2013 fashion show held at Sala Oval of the MNAC and finally go to the dinner and after party at Palauet Albéniz. This just so happens to be where the King of Spain stays when he's in town. Even we know this sounds crazy, but it was such a privilege and way fun. We cannot thank all of our friends at Pronovias enough for allowing us to experience Barcelona in style.
Shortly after we landed we were whisked away to the Pronovias showroom. Two buildings, a ton of people all collaborating to make some of the most breathtaking wedding dresses around. A tour of the grounds, a meeting with Manuel Mota and brief run in with Karolina Kurkova who was being fitted for the show. To say the least, it was utterly amazing. Stay tuned to see the 2013 Pronovias collection.
We gazed at wedding gowns, head pieces and bridal sashes daily. To actually see the process of what it takes to make these wedding gowns is truly unreal. It starts in Manuel Mota's atelier where he has tons of inspirational material neatly organized. Think fashion books, sparkly beads and luxurious fabrics. Elaborate sketches are meticulously hung on cork boards. A fashion designer's dream. We asked Manuel what inspired him to create this collection and he shared that he was greatly inspired by the film The Artist and the fashion of the 20's 30, and 40s.
A few flights of stairs and we were in the factory. A well coordinated operation of seamstresses sewing the gowns mostly by hand. As you can see, the detail work in these gowns is truly a labor of love.
Below is the unfinished product of the show-stopping gown for the fashion show. The seamstresses took over ten hours to sew just one of roses, by hand of course. As you will soon see, the dress is a work of art. Stay tuned to see all of these gowns and more come to life in the Pronovias 2013 fashion show.
Thank you so much to Pronovias, Manuel Mota, and the lovely Ana Paula. This was a once in a lifetime experience that shall not soon be forgotten.