Manuel Mota


MADRID (AP) - Manuel Mota, a Spanish dress designer specializing in bridal gowns for top models and high society, has died. He was 46.

Mota had been the creative director of Spanish fashion company Pronovias for the past 23 years. He helped build the family company into a world brand for wedding dresses.

The fashion house said in a statement that Mota died Tuesday at his home near Barcelona. Wednesday's statement did not give the cause of death.

Australian model Miranda Kerr and Israeli model Bar Rafaeli appeared on the catwalks in Mota's bridal creations. Mota also designed the celebrated dress of Dutch supermodel Doutzen Kroes for her 2010 wedding.

Modesto Lomba, president of Spain's Association of Fashion Designers, predicted that Mota's ideas and dress patterns would one day be studied at design schools.

"He's a reference for wedding fashion worldwide," Lomba said in a statement. "His work will endure in historical studies."

Spanish model Ariadne Artiles, who wore a dress from Mota's bridal collection at her own wedding, said the designer was patient with women's dress demands.

"I remember many fun times when I asked him for the impossible and he made it easy," Artiles said on Twitter. "He was a delightful man, good-looking, fun to be with and one of the most sensitive men I've ever met."

Mota's fashion house said it had lost a great artist.

"The Pronovias family has lost one of its dearest members. We will keep the memories of so many collections, so many catwalks, so much effort, so much talent and so many dreams shared by all," its statement said.

JORGE SAINZ, Associated Press

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Me gustaría expresar mi más sentido pésame a toda su familia por la pérdida de su ser querido.
Jehová Dios amorosamente ha enviado a su Hijo Jesucristo para dar su vida en rescate por todos nosotros, abriendo el camino para la esperanza de la resurrección. Hechos 24:15 nos dice que no va a haber resurrección. Así que muy pronto usted será capaz de ver a su querida amada resucitado a la vida en una Tierra paradisíaca. (Lucas 23: 43)

so sorry to the Mota family,may you find comfort in these words found in(isaiah 66:13)"Like a man whom his own mother keeps comforting,so I myself shall keep comforting you people."...d

Please accept my deepest sympathy. May the God of all comfort bind your broken hearts. Isaiah 61:1

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

May God's word brings you comfort during this difficult time.

To the family and friends of the Mota, you have my condolences for the lost of your love one. May you have undeserved kindness and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 1 1 Corinthians 1:2.

Rest in peace.

May you be embraced by Gods comforting light. RIP Manny. You will be missed.