Some fashion shows, events and exhibitions will take place in emblematic Barcelona locations on the occasion of Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week, from 23 to 29 April. This way, while the Montjuïc exhibition centre will host most of the fashion shows and the trade show itself, the show has decided to shine a spotlight on the city and make it shine as the international capital of fashion during these days.
Pronovias, Rosa Clará, Jordi Dalmau, YolanCris and Reem Acra chose representative spots in Barcelona to unveil their collections for 2019. During the evening of 23 April, Pronovias will celebrate its parade and cocktail party at the Italian Pavilion, located within Fira de Barcelona’s Montjuïc Exhibition Centre, next to the Font Màgica and surrounded by the Palau Nacional and the Alfonso XIII and Victoria Eugenia palaces.
On 24 April, Rosa Clará will unveil her latest creations at the Art Nouveau Site in Santa Pau, which used to be a hospital. It was designed by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner and was inaugurated in 1930. Given its historical and cultural value and heritage, it was repurposed in 2009 and open to the public.
On his side of things, Jordi Dalmau will be celebrating a parade at the Condal theatre in the Poble Sec district—the epicentre of Barcelona’s vibrant night life—, where most of the city’s theatres, cabarets and concert halls are located.
Reem Acra, protagonist of Barcelona Bridal Night Internationally renowned designer, native of Lebanon and currently based in the US, Reem Acra, will host her show in the Maritime Museum’s Marqués de Comillas Hall, which is housed in the building of Barcelona’s Royal Dockyard, dating back to 1243. Thus, on Wednesday 25, Acra will be the star of the Barcelona Bridal Night, BBFW’s gala that will gather business entrepreneurs, professionals and international guests.
The evening of 26 April, Catalan brand YolanCris will turn Avenida Maria Cristina into a runway. This avenue, which is the main artery of the Montjuïc Exhibition Centre, was built on the occasion of the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition.
This year BBFW will also be hosting the Elle International Bridal Awards. They will be held on the evening of 27 April in the Paraninfo Hall of the University of Barcelona’s Historical Building—a neo-Romanesque style palace built by architect Elies Rogent between 1863 and 1889.
Exhibition and workshops
At the same time, the epicentre of BBFW will be palaces 1 and 2 of the Montjuïc Exhibition Centre, in Plaza de España. In addition to the fashion shows and the fair’s trade show, they will also host homages and business and promotional activities connected with nuptial fashion.
Likewise, the event will host “Queen for a Day”, which will have 15 vintage bridal and evening dresses on display designed by Coco Chanel, Christian Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent, Manuel Pertegaz, Pedro Rodríguez, Hubert De Givenchy, Loris Azzaro, Thierry Mugler, Giorgio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Rosser, Cristóbal Balenciaga and Paco Rabanne. The chosen dresses belong to the Rocamora Foundation’s collection, which will be organising a larger exhibition, displaying these and other haute couture pieces, held from 20 to 31 May at the Casa Rocamora in Barcelona.
On the other hand, design students will have the chance to practise techniques such as moulage, the art of placing different fabrics on a mannequin to achieve a draped-dress effect. The fabrics, provided by Gratacós, will become yet another creative expression by the students of the master’s degree in fashion of the European Institute of Design (IED), who will participate in several workshops focused on this technique during the event.
Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week will celebrate its 29th edition at palaces 1 and 2 of the Montjuïc exhibition centre. The trade show, organised by Fira de Barcelona, will feature fashion shows from the 27 firms, and participation by more than 370 brands at the business exhibition, 68% of which are international.
Barcelona, 19 April 2018