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Last Fata Morgana: Czech designers at the International Fashion Showcase 2016

London, 8th February 2016 -- Cactus-shaped headpieces, sensual womenswear designed in idiosyncratic techniques or lusciously Romanticism-influenced fetish underwear – these are just a few examples from the collections made by emerging Czech fashion designers who will exhibit their work during the International Fashion Showcase 2016. Held at the Somerset House between 19 –23 February 2016, the exhibition titled Last Fata Morgana will feature designs by students and recent graduates of the Prague Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (UMPRUM). It is the third time the Czech Centre London is bringing the country’s leading voices of fashion design to the glamorous event as part of London Fashion Week.

19 – 23 February 2016, Somerset House, London

“The exhibition concept aims to express the perception of fashion as a prospect for a better world where parity, tolerance and independence are the core values,” explains its curator, award-winning designer and Central Saint Martins graduate Pavel Ivančic. Key criteria in selecting designers were, according to Ivančic, their ability to emphasize the crux of the matter through unpretentious fashion, an experimental approach, and a sense of innovation together with in-depth understanding of tailoring and textile craft techniques. “At the Czech Centre we love working on projects that creatively mix genres and fields of knowledge. Presenting gifted young designers who are still creatively exploring materials, styles and themselves is therefore absolutely inspiring for us, both a joy and a privilege”, adds Tereza Porybná, director of the Czech Centre London.

Participating designers – Filip Jakab, Karolína Juříková, Tereza Rosálie Kladošová, Markéta Kratochvílová, Monika Krobová, Sofya Samareva, and Antonín Šimon – are no newcomers to the global fashion debate. Many of them have scooped prestigious awards as well as internships and collaborations with the likes of Raf Simons, Steven Tai, Meadham Kirchhoff or Bernhard Willhelm. Naturally part of the global (online) village yet aware of their own cultural heritage, their contribution to the country’s emerging fashion design scene is fundamental, making it one of the most intriguing creative mindsets in the region.

Behind a collective consciousness lie the designers’ individual themes: the body phenomenon, fetishism, optical illusion, DIY art, totalitarian uniformity, and gender crisis. Reflecting on their creators’ identity and origins, the collections sophisticatedly overlap to various fields both within and beyond fashion. The exhibition presents different techniques and approaches in fashion design – from colourful wool dresses with cat motifs, over transparent plaid covered in frayed ribbons to uniform-like women’s patched denim suits. All displayed pieces are undoubtedly unique and they express the idiosyncratic ideas of their creators.

Alongside curator Pavel Ivančic, who is now head of the Fashion Department of UMPRUM - a prominent Czech arts institution founded in 1885, designers are being supervised by the first lady of Czech fashion, Liběna Rochová. The futuristic-style installation in a dazzling installation where garments, accessories and jewellery are suspended from a tree like exotic fruit was designed by Aleš Kachlík of UMPRUM. The exhibition also features workshops and fashion industry talks in collaboration with other Central European designers.

Last Fata Morgana
is part of Fashion Utopias, The British Council and British Fashion Council’s International Fashion Showcase 2016 in association with London Fashion Week.

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Last Fata Morgana: Czech designers at the International Fashion Showcase 2016
19 – 23 February 2016
Somerset House, West Wing, Space G16
WC2R 1LA London

Organised by Czech Centre London and the Prague Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (AAAD).
With kind support of Galerie Smečky Foundation, Lasvit, Pilsner Urquell, Techo, Czech Tourism, and Modeschau, Radio Wave.

Press contact:
Alexandra Střelcová
t: 07908 384 050 (UK) – 776 59 75 76 (CZ)
e: alexandra.strelcova@gmail.com

Public events as part of Last Fata Morgana

Pavel Ivančic at Fashion Utopias: Then & Now Symposium
Friday 19 February 2016
1.30pm – 5.30pm

Award-winning Czech fashion designer and Last Fata Morgana curator Pavel Ivančic will talk about his work in Post-Soviet Czech Republic, discuss his personal journey as a designer and explore the work of the new generation of designers he teaches at the symposium exploring the philosophical, political, social and cultural implications of fashion and utopianism. Topics include: the body, democracy and dictatorship, the fashion image and surrealism.

Screening Room, Embankment Entrance, Somerset House, London WC2R 1LA
Admission: £10/£8 Concessions

Booking: www.somersethouse.org.uk


Shared Structure: Contemporary Embroidery and Weaving Workshop with Czech and Slovak Designers
Saturday 20 February 2016
1pm - 5pm

A practical workshop suitable for both adults and children, focusing on  contemporary embroidery and weaving used by young designers. Participants will be working with various materials and techniques, some traditional, some recycled or newly developed by the designers themselves. The individual pieces of embroidery will later be attached together and form a large collective canvas.  Material, tools and guidance will be provided. Drop in any time between 1-5pm.

The Great Arch, Somerset House,Strand, London WC2R 1LA
RSVP: production@czechcentre.org.uk


Saturday 20 February 2016
7 – 9pm

Workshops and talks exploring the traditions and new approaches to fashion in the V4 countries – Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.

West Wing Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
RSVP: rsvp@slovakfashioncouncil.sk

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