Pronovias designer Manuel Mota, 46, the talent behind the wedding dresses of Doutzen Kroes and Jade Goody, is found dead in suspected suicide.
Mota had been the creative director of Spanish fashion company Pronovias for the past 23 years, helping to build the family business into a world brand for wedding dresses.
The fashion house said in a statement that Mota died at his home near Barcelona yesterday.
It 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, paid tribute to Mota, saying the designer was always incredibly patient with women's dress demands.
'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.
Rest In Peace Manuel Mota.