Spanish fashion is in mourning. The dressmaker, designer and entrepreneur Antonio Miró, a benchmark in the world of Spanish fashion, has died this Thursday at the age of 74, as collected. The cause could have been a heart attack, as the designer remained in the hospital in an induced coma for having suffered a myocardial infarction six days ago.
The businessman was born in Sabadell (Barcelona) in 1947. He studied at the French Lyceum in Barcelona, later he studied music theory to dedicate himself to Jazz. However, it was during his military service that he decided to dedicate himself to fashion. Perhaps because of his family references since his father was a tailor. Antonio Miro opened its first store on Barcelona’s Rambla Catalunya, Groc, only twenty years old. Thanks to the great reception he received from him, he created his own brand for men and women in 1979, with which he came to present his collections on many international catwalks, including Paris, Milan and New York. Eleven years later, in 1990, he signed an agreement with Ermenegildo Zegna for the international launch of his designs.
With a versatile style, he also made collections for plays, movies and television, such as “Letter to the father”, by José Luis Gómez (Madrid 1984), The death of the scorpion” (1974) and “Last afternoons with Teresa” (1984 ), both by the filmmaker Gonzalo Herralde; “Tattoo” (1977), by Bigas Luna; or “The Long Winter” (1991), by Jaime Camino. The businessman also dedicated himself to the design of jewellery, accessories, perfumes, bathroom furniture and interior design. After the turn of the century, Antonio Miró’s company entered into crisis and, after negotiating with several fashion groups, in 2008 he sold 70% of the shares to a company and gradually disassociated himself from his own brand and the business to dedicate himself only to design.
In 1988 he was awarded the Cristóbal Balenciaga award for “best Spanish designer” and in 2000 he received the FAD medal, awarded by the Industrial Design Association for the Promotion of Decorative Arts for his professional career. Too received in 2003 the “Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona Fashion” Medal from the Gaudí Catwalk.
Social networks have already begun to be impregnated with messages remembering the dressmaker. One of the first to lament this loss was the president of the Congress of Deputies, Meritxell Batet. “We have lost one of the great fashion creators in our country, the designer Antonio Miró, a benchmark in Catalan fashion. My condolences and my affection for his family, friends and colleagues.”