David Delfín. EFE/Ángel Díaz
The fashion world pays tribute to David Delfín on the first anniversary of his death
Madrid’s Costume Museum has played host to a tribute to the successful and beloved fashion designer David Delfín on the occasion of the first anniversary of his death. The event was attended by Delfín’s friends and colleagues, who evoked him and his achievements in fashion and in life.
At the event they announced that Delfín would be made a post-mortem honorary member of the Spanish Fashion Designers’ Association (ACME), a status he now shares with the likes of Jesús del Pozo, Hubert de Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta and Cristóbal Balenciaga.
In addition to David, the attendees paid tribute to his muse and friend Bimba Bosé, model, singer and niece of Miguel Bosé, who also died last year. The money raised from the sales of the t-shirts designed by Delfín in February 2017 featuring Bimba’s face – 45,000 euro – was given to the Spanish Cancer Society (AECC).
Speakers included actress Bibiana Fernández, who was close friends with the late designer; couturiers Juan Duyos and Helena Rohner; Juan Gutiérrez, curator of the Costume Museum; ACME Chairman Modesto Lomba; ACME Executive Director Pepa Bueno; and Delfín’s partner, Gorka Postigo, who said their fashion firm was ‘alive and kicking’ and announced there would be news soon, now that the mourning period was over.
National Fashion Design Award 2016
David Delfín was a Spanish designer and artist with an innovative approach. He set up his own brand, davidelfin, in 2001, with the help of Bimba Bosé, Gorka Postigo, and his siblings Deborah and Diego.
Delfín was a multifaceted man, who combined fashion with music, video and photography as a way to express his views on art and reality. In 2002, he was nominated for a Goya Award as Best Art Director for V.O., a short film by Antonia San Juan. Also, he was in charge of the design of music videos for many different artists, including Alaska and Miguel Bosé.
David was the recipient of many accolades and awards, but the greatest recognition was the love of Spanish people. He reached the apex of his career when he scooped the National Fashion Design Award, granted by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport in 2016.
Unfortunately, in 2016 he was diagnosed with brain cancer. He fought bravely but died on 3 June 2017, in Madrid. He was 46 years old.