Dolores Cortés is continuing with a family tradition in the design and production of women’s swimwear that goes back more than 50 years. The family started in this business even before the existence of today’s elasticised fabrics, when this designer’s mother, Dolores Cortés, started to produce handcrafted designs in the fifties.
Her daughter, Dolores Font Cortés, was in constant contact with the design and production of swimwear throughout her childhood, and in the eighties she decided to extend the family business by incorporating all the stages of the swimwear production process. The models are made in her own workshop, under the name of Dolores Cortés, in tribute to the founding member of the business. This marked the start of a new period, which aimed to combine the concept of fashion and the technical features of this type of product, creating innovative collections in which swimwear is a fashion product, and not just a garment worn for swimming.
After taking part in various national and international fairs, Dolores Cortés first appeared on the fashion catwalks in 1999, when she presented her collection at the Carmen Fashion Show. She made her first appearance at the Gaudí Fashion Show with her 2002 Summer swimwear collection.
But her contributions to fashion are not the reason that she is this week’s Fabulous Friday Female…
Earlier this year Dolores selected Valentina Guerrero, a ten-month-old girl from Miami, Florida, to be on the cover of a U.S. catalogue for her new collection.
What is special about this particular selection? Valentina was born with Downs Syndrome.
Valentina, who features in further images inside the new catalogue, will also front Dolores’ 2013 Kids USA campaign.
Dolores is the first designer to select a Down’s syndrome person as the main model of a prestigious fashion designer’s campaign.
She said in a statement: ‘People with Down’s syndrome are just as beautiful and deserve the same opportunities.
‘I’m thrilled to have Valentina modelling for us.’
Ms Cortes also announced she will donate 10per cent of the profits from the new Kids USA collection to the Down Syndrome Association of Miami.
Judging by her beautiful smile, which is radiant, Valentina enjoyed herself during the photo shoot!
The idea behind the campaign is to ‘highlight inner beauty, breaking traditional molds dictated by fashion and celebrating differences that make each individual unique’, according to the brand’s website.
So today I would like to ask you to join me in acknowledging and celebrating Dolores for making a bold and beautiful decision that perpetuates the message of inner beauty and radiance to inspire others to see their own inner beauty…I hope that it helps you to see your own a little clearer.
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