Fashion Designer Peter Hidalgo Dies at 53

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Fashion designer Peter Hidalgo, 53, died in Manhattan on January 17th.

The cause of death has not yet been identified, according to spokeswoman Marion Greenberg.

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At the time of his death, Hidalgo was in a homeless shelter. According to his friend and former employer Miguel Adlover, he temporarily lived to qualify for public housing.

Hidalgo, co-winner of the 2010 Fashion Group International Women’s Clothing “Rising Star” Award, has recently collaborated with several individual customers, primarily Nicki Minaj. He was giving up his studio.

A private memorial service is planned for this spring.

Adrover first met Hidalgo at the club The Sound Factory in 1994. “Peter was dragging. He was a creature of the night. He was really famous for vogue in every house. [of ballroom].. He dressed up and worked as a dancer in the club, “Adrover said.

Hidalgo started the New York chapter of fashion life by working as an in-house designer and designing store windows at a boutique in West Village. “There were five people working there. They were kids in a ridiculous club. He made these wonderful windows on a mannequin. Everyone passed by to see his windows. And everyone was talking about them, “Adrover said. “I’ve been friends all the time in New York. Before working on fashion together, I was friends. For the last few years, we’ve been like brothers.”

After the 2001 terrorist attack, Hidalgo came to a studio in downtown Ad Rover. When Adrover’s right arm Sebastian Pons left, Hidalgo took his place. “Peter was one of the greatest illustrators of all time. There are lots of his illustrations of all the looks in the collection. He personalized the face and body of what the model would be,” said Adrover. “I remember spending many nights painting and drawing late into the night. He was sometimes a little unreliable. But he’s really creative and has a lot of energy. Was. “

Hidalgo’s father, who grew up in a creative family, was a professional musician. Hidalgo’s interest in illustration and fashion began at his hometown of Santo Domingo. Hidalgo was selected by acclaimed fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez to enroll in a special research course at the Parsons School of Design’s affiliate, the Altos De Chabon School of Design. There, Hidalgo honed his illustration and design skills.

In 1987, Hidalgo was awarded the “Designer of the Year” from his school. (Lopez died that same year.) After the victory of Hidalgo was reported in a local newspaper, the designer made clothes for a local fashion boutique in the Dominican Republic and embarked on his first job. .. At the same time, he created a unique design for his private client.

The success of Hidalgo’s fashion allowed him to pursue styling, make-up, art direction and performing arts for Dominican television and theater production companies. Some of his personal clients also hired him to decorate their homes.

Hidalgo began his trip to New York in 1990 and purchased fabrics for fashion pieces. She moved to Manhattan in 1994 and joined Ad Rover seven years later.

“I didn’t have the money at the time. I had this big studio on Chrystie Street. I had about 5 people living together and sleeping under the table. Peter. I made this little room like a bunker made of wood. He used to live in the corner, “Adrover said. “There was a lot of energy back then. I didn’t need money to work. It was about the energy you had inside. There was no business plan. It’s unimaginable so far. I think.”

The first collection of Adlovers fully equipped with Hidalgo was called “CitizensoftheWorld”, and the pair combined the men’s and women’s collections with “surreal real world” and “Americans”.

“He was a real fashion designer. He loved fashion,” Adlover said.

After Adlover closed the company and returned to Mallorca, Hidalgo later traveled there to help him set up a studio. Later, Hidalgo launched his own label, making his debut at New York Fashion Week in February 2006, updating his Rita Hayworth-inspired silhouette to a fresh, modern edge.

After the last talk with Hidalgo three weeks ago, Adlover said it was getting harder and harder to contact. “I know he feels sick. It was really hard to get in touch with him,” Adlover said. “I always tell him,’Peter, I love you, you have a family, so you should go back to Santo Domingo.’ And you know how New York is. If you don’t have money, you’ll survive. It’s a really difficult city. He wasn’t young either. I was devastated. “

Hidalgo shared the 2010 Women’s Clothing “Featured Stocks” award with Joseph Altuzarra. FGI’s late leader Margaret Hayes, fashion writer Marilow Loser, fashion editor Rushka Bergman, and retailer Linda Dresdner were among the supporters of Hidalgo. With FGI’s praise, Hidalgo was able to put together a runway presentation in just two weeks. The ultra-sophisticated minimalist design was inspired by the concept of love. One of the looks of his victory on the catwalk was a “black angel” gown with shavings on his back that gave the effect of wings.

Like many young designers trying to get their way in Manhattan, Hidalgo realized that it wasn’t automatically given to break into major retailers and secure large sums of money. rice field. However, he continued his seasonal collection until 2013. Meanwhile, he also dressed celebrities such as Kanye West and Asher in Hidalgo suits for the 2011 MTV Music Video Awards and Grammy Awards, respectively. By 2014, Hidalgo was primarily working with individual and celebrity clients. Nicki Minaj wore a Hidalgo gown for the opening performance of the MTV Europe Music Awards, which she also hosted.

In 2019, he collaborated with artists David Salle and ASIF Magazine to design a cocktail dress that screen-printed Salle’s art for the “The Collaboratory” project. “Avengers: Endgame” actress Scarlett Johansson modeled three different ASIF cover dresses.

He continued to contribute as much as he could after IF’s Tatijana Shoals was featured in the first issue. He lent dresses for last-minute photography and created custom dresses for celebrity portraits. He surprised her by designing a three-piece suit for her engagement party and her “exquisite” wedding dress.

“I always value Peter’s commitment to excellence, his excellent taste, his unrivaled loyalty, his kindness, his laughter, his eye brilliance and his abundant talent,” Sean said. rice field.

When Adrober’s reused Burberry raincoat was introduced at the Costume Institute’s exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Adrober told Hildago that it needed to be updated. Later, Hidalgo posted an image of a curvy black woman wearing it. “He was a true New Yorker. He built the nightlife of New York. He was part of the energy of the city in the 90’s,” said Adrover.

Hidalgo has survived by several brothers who could not immediately know his mother and name.

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