Ten Minutes with Manuel Mota

Selling in 75 countries around the world, Pronovias is a dominant figure on the global bridal market.

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The Spanish family firm founded in Barcelona in 1922 caters for the oft-neglected middle end of the wedding dress circuit. Creative Director Manuel Mota was in London yesterday to launch “Three Dresses For a Royal Wedding”, each inspired by the Princess and Kate Middleton and available in Pronovias from September, pictures attached. I put some quickfire questions to him...

What do you think Kate will wear tomorrow?

She has to keep things classic, there is protocol and the need to give the right image. She will have a hint of fashion – the neckline or train will have something that sets a precedent for brides to come. We’ll have “the kate neckline” and “the Kate train” afterwards.

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What’s the difference between UK and Spanish brides?

Things are becoming much more global. We share the same literary and cinematic references and this affects and unites our bridal vision.

Who is your most iconic bride to date?

I have three; Grace Kelly in Helen Rose, Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy and Carolyn Bessette in Narcisco Rodriguez – she revolutionised the bride in fabric cut across the body.

Can you tell us some trends for next year ahead of your bridal show in Barcelona on May 13th?

They’ll be lots of tulle and, quite importantly, colour. There’s going to be pastel, nude, lilac and water green. Embroidery will be big with a vintage feel, edged silver and porcelain beads.

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