Famous Spanish fashion designers include Manolo Blahnik, Cristobal Balenciaga and Mariano Fortuny. Blahnik is a designer of women's shoes, while both Balenciaga and Fortuny designed women's clothing.
Blahnik was born in 1942 in the Canary Islands. He preferred to sketch each design and create the prototype by hand. Blahnik is best known for his high-glamour shoes, which have been seen on television shows like "Sex and the City."
Balenciaga was born in the Basque region in 1895. He is best known for his dress designs, such as the baby doll, bubble skirt and sack.
Fortuny was born in Granada in 1871. He is best known for designing with pleated fabrics. Fortuny's Delphos gown, introduced in 1907, helped free women from the corseted designs popular at the time.