Aida Diestro was a Cuban pianist, arranger and bandleader. Born just before the Golden Age of Havana in 1924, she studied music as a young child alongside her father, Vicente, who was also a Presbyterian minister. She spent time perfecting her craft in a private conservatory for music, where she learned under the guidance of Enrique González Mántici. She credited Mántici for being the key influence behind her success and her greatest teacher saying in her later life, "Mántici gave me the confidence to confront the prejudices which female artists encountered in those days."
Her claim to fame came in 1952 when she formed the Cuarteto d'Aida made up of salsa powerhouses Elena Burke, Moraima Secada, Omara Portuondo, and Haydée Portuondo. By the time of the Cuban Revolution of 1959, her ladies were performing their boleros and romantic ballads in the most elegant cabarets in Havana.
Much of Aida's life was known and seen from behind the scenes and behind the piano. She spent her days creating and arranging musical masterpieces for others to perform and gain fame and recognition from. Our Aida gown was inspired by her bold, yet understated life. We chose to embody that with a strong silhouette w/ distinct necklines, but wanted to keep her soft femininity with a subtle, romantic chiffon ruffle.
This gown captures the life and grace of the real Aida with its bold lines and sophisticated details. Although, the real woman behind this gown lived a life under the radar, her story is so powerful and significant to our 1950s Havana narrative. Her story is an important reminder to all women to keep doing what your doing, and to never stop creating.
This one's for you, Aida.