Adolfo Domínguez recalls the awakening of his artistic soul: in Paris, in the 60s, where he studied design and cinematography. After that decisive sojourn and an eye-opening voyage to London, he returned to his native Galicia. In Spain in those years, people were still constrained in their garments, trapped in rigid structures and styles. Adolfo Domínguez had a different vision: he imagined clothing as a second skin. From the first, his understated garments for women and men displayed a natural elegance and ease, infused with poetry as well as emotion – for after all, Domínguez reasoned, we dress to be loved.
“La arruga es bella”: Wrinkles are a thing of beauty. With this bold aesthetic manifesto, Adolfo Domínguez affirmed his penchant for natural, raw materials, their poetic imperfections exalted by Domínguez’s fine sense of tailoring. Linen especially became his signature fabric, the inspiration for some of his most memorable designs. Spain saluted his contribution to fashion with the National Design Prize, awarded in 2014.