To attend a Nuno Baltazar fashion show is to enter a universe of passions, infatuation, drama, happy endings and not-so-happy endings. It is, above all, to be swept away by his trademark and unmistakable refinement. For more than fifteen years, it has established its own place in the closets of the most elegant women in Portugal.
Though born in Lisbon, January 1976, it was while growing up in Porto that an innocent discovery triggered Nuno's interest in drawing. Who could resist the elegance enclosed in the 50’s magazine collection found in a chest at his grandparents’ house? This naturally led to his decision of, in 1994, enroling in citex, the renowned fashion school from Porto. The decision proved to be the right one, as demonstrated by the several awards won, such as Sangue Novo 1996, Porto Moda 1996 and máxima magazine best new designer 1996 and 1997.
In 1999, after a short but nevertheless very successful track record, Nuno Baltazar starts the regular presentation of his collections. Firstly with Paulo Cravo, with whom he still remains a close friend, under the label cravo.baltazar. Later, as Nuno Baltazar, in events such as Portugal fashion and Paris fashion week, before establishing himself as one of the leading events in Moda Lisboa calendar. Recently, he has returned to Portugal fashion in Oporto as the place for his regular presentations, has a way to be closer to his most loyal costumers.
Despite of getting inspiration for the runway from travels, cinema, opera and iconic celebrities such as Amália Rodrigues, Marquesa de Jácome Correia and Virginia Woolf's characters, Nuno Baltazar's collections are always contemporary and translate the desires of real women. Along with the couture sewing details, there is a common sense kind of design that is in tune with the needs of the clientele from different generations. There is a demand for both prêt-a-porter and the atelier made-to-measure creations.
Besides meaning real fashion, to bring up Nuno Baltazar's name is to recall a language of femininity that, among many situations – plays, movies, concerts and red carpet events – dresses some of the most elegant celebrities in the country. To a list full with actresses, presenters and singers, was added the conductor Joana Carneiro, as one of the women for which the designer creates exclusive designs, tailored to the needs of the baton of talent.
However, it would be unthinkable to close the list of the designer’s followers without mentioning Catarina Furtado, the ONU embassador and the brightest star in Portuguese tv. Since 2001, he single-handedly develops the tv host’s image; she has now become a friend and the label’s front face. “ I must have something in common with whom I work with. I cannot simply “wear something”. His character, his taste for the poetic and theatrical created a connection between us, right away during the first time I visited Nuno in Porto”, confessed Catarina Furtado, in the number 100 edition of Vogue Portugal.
Since 2004, the number 856 of the elegant Boavista avenue in Porto is the headquarters of the brand Nuno Baltazar, in a three storey building that brings to mind the exclusive atmosphere of the maisons of the great couturiers. One can find there the ready-to-wear collections, accessories and footwear signed by the designer but and also books, candles and other lifestyle objects hand-picked by him. It is also the address where other partnerships are developed, like the acclaimed furniture and lighting brand Baltazar. Map maison-a-porter, designed in collaboration with the architect and business partner Vítor Almeida. It already debuted in Paris, Milan and London's furniture fairs. Other partnerships include industry’s “giants” such as Nespresso and seat, the automotive brand.
One can expect the numerous honours, like various nominations for best designer and the award for best designer by Portuguese fashion tv awards 2011 and Portuguese golden globes 2012, that continuously prove the talent of a young but established name in Portuguese fashion. In 2015 he received a great honor from Portuguese president of the republic being bestowed with a commendation of the infant d. Henrique order. However, the ultimate homage does not have the shape of a trophy, it comes as an answer to the question “what are you wearing?” And the reply echoes in the lips of innumerable women as an exclamation: “Nuno Baltazar”.
By Manuel Arnaut
Nuno baltazar was born in January 5, 1976, in Lisbon, Portugal.
In 1998, graduates in fashion design by Citex (Centre of professional training for the textile industry). During his academic journey wins various awards such as young designer in 95 and 96 and Porto Moda in 97. By the year of 99 starts to be a part of the Moda Lisboa (Lisbon fashion week) national runway calendar.
His first store opens in Oporto in may, 2005, where is available since, his ready-to-wear collections. Nuno Baltazar's work extends, beyond his eponymous collections, to the creation of one of the kind garments with the label Nuno Baltazar atelier. His custom made designs are continuously worn by various personalities such as Portuguese actress and presenter Catarina Furtado and Portuguese conductor Joana Carneiro. His creative office is also responsible for different uniforms projects (Ibis hotels Portugal, Hotel&Spa Aquafalls, Casino da Póvoa, Tenco Coffees, and EDP) as well as some collaborations in films, plays, music and dance.
In 2009 is launched “Baltazar | map” – a furniture and illumination line - in a partnership with architect Vitor Almeida, being internationalized through 2010/2011 with presence in international trade fairs in Milan, London, Paris and Abu Dhabi. Nuno Baltazar's new eyewear line made its debut in 2012.
In 2013 participates in the exposition “de Lisboa a Macau – uma viagem de moda” (from Lisbon to Macau – a fashion journey) at the Macau fashion gallery where is displayed a retrospective of his 15 years of work as a fashion designer.
In 2015 takes on the creative direction of RFS (Riopele fashion solutions) of the Riopele group and wins the commendation of the infant d.henrique order.
2018 is a year of major changes with the change of the shop and atelier to the centre of Porto and it’s also the year that marks 20 years of his work.
Inaugurates the new store in Porto downton
Launchs a sportswear collection : Sport Zone x Nuno Baltazar, a partnership powered by Portugal Fashion
Wins the golden globe for best fashion designer 2012 in golden globes - SIC
Nomination best fashion designer in fashion tv awards 2012.
In partnership with optical OCR group presents its first collection Nuno Baltazar eyewear.
Exhibition "diz-me do que gostas, dir-te-ei quem és" at mude - museum of fashion and design of lisbon.
Exhibition "com esta voz me visto- o fado e a moda”" at mude - museum of fashion and design of lisbon.
Creates the wardrobe for the fado singer Caminho for concerts at Lisbon and Porto coliseums..
Award-winning for the best fashion designer 2011 at fashion tv Portugal awards.
Wins employees EDP new uniforms contest.
Nomination for the best fashion designer in golden globe SIC | Caras awards 2010.
Presentation of Baltazar - map collection at maison et objet - Paris, interiors UAE - Abu Dhabi and decorex – London fairs.
Teaches project and fundamentals of design in fashion design course in ESAD.
Presentation of the Baltazar - map collection in Milan and 100% design London fairs.
Nomination for the best fashion designer in fashion tv Portugal awards 2010.
Presents the nuno baltazar atelier collection in estoril fashion art festival.
Hombres in falda collection presented in estoril fashion art festival.
Teaches project in graduate fashion design in esad.
In partnership with Nespresso presents its first fall pre. Winter 10 | 11 collection.
Developing the image for the conductor Joana Carneiro.
Draft corporate clothing from employees of Coffee Tenco
In partnership with architect Vitor Almeida launches his first home collection, baltazar|map.
Initiates a collaboration with Fado singer Caminho, creating the wardrobe for her first videoclips directed by João Botelho.
Develops the wardrobe for actress Guida Maria in “vagina monologues”.
As an invitation of Teatro Nacional S.João, he´s one of the ambassadors for the season 08\09.
Customized seat Altea xl by Nuno Baltazar for SEAT Portugal.
Nominated for best designer on Portuguese golden globes.
Created the looks for Raquel Tavares and Tiago Fernandes, the Portuguese couple in the Eurovision dance contest – Glasgow 2008.
Starts seling his collection on Loja das Meias - Cascais
Develops the project of uniforms for hotel&spa aqua falls
Works with SEAT on the project “design to compete”