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Voyage Through Central Europe at the International Fashion Showcase

The Czech Centre London, Balassi Institute, Hungarian Cultural Centre London and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in London proudly present Voyage through Central Europe: a joint fashion exhibition of 14 emerging designer talents from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia who will present their newest collections of garments, jewellery and accessories as part of the 2014 International Fashion Showcase, organized by the British Council and British Fashion Council in parallel with London Fashion Week.

The project is co-curated by the Czech Fashion Council, Design Terminal National Centre for Creative Industries, Hungary and the Slovak Fashion Council and aims to introduce the best in current young fashion design. The selected collections border between visual art and fashion design and creatively blend traditional materials with new technologies with a focus on strong personal statements.

The fashion exhibition takes place in the fascinating space at 180 The Strand beautifully installed in a space created by architect Gáspár Bonta. The rough concrete walls, enlightened by exquisite objects from Czech design company LASVIT and dynamic video-mapping created by Dávid Ráday, Péter Ráday and Gábor Karcis, allow visitors to fully explore all the new trends and fashion ideas coming from Central Europe.

Accompanying events:

Friday 14 February 2014 at 7.30 pm:  Voyage through Central Europe opening party. A private view and fashion show featuring A/W 2014 collection of award-winning Czech designer Petra Ptackova with live music by V! Oozlum and video-mapping celebrating the history, present and the best of fashion and design of the three countries. Invitation only. (180 The Strand, London WC2R 1EA)  

Saturday 15 February 2014 at 11am-1pm: Golden Yarn Workshop. Adults and children are invited to attend the playful workshop and create their own original accessory in the company of young edgy designers. Entrance free. (180 The Strand, London WC2R 1EA)  

Saturday 15 February 2014 at 2pm – 3.30pm: Fashion East: Fashion and Post-Socialism. A panel discussion led by Dr. Djurdja Bartlett, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, UK, on fashion and post-socialism. Speakers will include fashion historian Ketevan Shavgulidze (Georgia), designers Marit Ilison (Estonia) and Petra Ptackova (Czech Republic), curator and fashion scholar Zuzana Sidlikova (Slovakia), and Pavel Ivancic (Czech Republic), head of the fashion design studio in AAAD in Prague. The event is free but ticketed Booking at http://bit.ly/1lpCdGM  (180 The Strand, London WC2R 1EA)

Saturday 15 February 2014 at 7pm: Jakub Polanka Fashion Show. The most celebrated award-winning Czech fashion designer Jakub Polanka will present the multidisciplinary Fashion Art Lab project featuring his new collection JESUS GANG with creative production by OLO-Dressing and music by V! (Oozlum). Entrance free. (RED Gallery, 3 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DT)

For further information and all press enquiries including invitations, press kits and portfolios please contact production@czechcentre.org.uk  or call +44 (0) 207 307 5180

About the International Fashion Showcase

Launched in 2012, the International Fashion Showcase celebrates London’s position as an international fashion capital. Organised by the British Council and British Fashion Council, the showcase takes place during London Fashion Week and will see nearly 30 embassies and cultural institutions create fashion exhibitions which display their emerging fashion designers.


(Lucie Jelinkova and Monika Novakova): winners of the START UP fashion award for young designers at Prague Fashion Week 2012. Recognisable by their unique dinosaur shoes collection, inspired by the world of pop, they have a playful connection with the underground.

Pavel Berky: of Slovak Roma origin, Berky is proudly inspired by Gypsy culture which he originally blends into his urban chic designs. Winner of the 2012 Top Style Designer Award

Hana Frisonsova: fuses both traditional and modern approaches to the technology of wool processing.   Her geometric cuts lead to a complex and interesting shape and dynamic for the garments.

Jana Mikesova: her unique work brings together the past and future, with a contemporary take on traditional techniques. She was awarded the ERSTE BANK FASHION AWARD in Vienna during the 2011 Festival for Fashion and Photography.

Petra Ptackova: influenced heavily by magic realism and fairytales in visual art. Having studied at the Ecole de la chambre Syndicale de la Couture in Paris, her aim is to breakdown prejudice and promote inclusion through fashion.



Dori Tomcsanyi: a uniqueness that comes from personal perception and interpretation of exceptional people and places. The brands uniqueness comes alongside a consistency in using high-quality material.

KELE clothing: earthy, yet playful and colourful; a balance between novelty and tradition, using nature in urban wear. It offers an entertaining simplicity, leaving out useless elements.

The FOUR: founded by four young designers in 2010, winners of Chevrolet International Competition
in 2013. Their eco-conscious design is classic yet innovative; elegant yet easy to wear.  

ZAKO (Mihaly Domokos and Eva Hidvegi): menswear that transforms graphic design and is inspired by
the fine arts. Their trademark is to leave handmade traces and a personal touch while experimenting with constantly changing urban prints.



Adrea Pojezdalova: winner of Brilliance Fashion Talent Competition in 2011. Her timeless dresses are characterised by minimalism, unique pattern and juxtaposing material combinations.

Petra Kubikova: studying at the University of Art and Design in Bratislava, and also a teacher of Japanese language, Kubikova’s work is very much inspired by Japanese fashion and culture.

Brona Bruckova: focused on knitting and traditional textile techniques, Bruckova transforms old craft techniques into a contemporary design.

Kristyna Spanihelova: unique jewellery collection focuses on the human relationship with materials in the word of fashion, with an interest the mythological histories of materials and their symbols.

Andrea Durianova: daughter of a jeweller, she uses non-traditional materials like brass and plastic to create new possibilities and shapes for her innovative and fun jewellery collections.  


Organised by: Balassi Institute Hungarian Cultural Centre London, Czech Centre London, Czech Fashion Council, Design Terminal National Centre for Creative Industries Hungary, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Embassy of the Slovak Republic in London, Slovak Fashion Council

Supported by: International Visegrad Fund, Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, LASVIT, TECHO, Slovak Design Center, Czech British Chamber of Commerce, Embassy of the Czech Republic in London, Design Terminal Budapest


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