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18 Feb 2016 - 23 Feb 2016

LAST FATA MORGANA: Czech Designers at the International Fashion Showcase

For the third time, Czech Centre London is bringing the country’s leading young fashion designers to the International Fashion Showcase, this year in collaboration with the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (UMPRUM). Last Fata Morgana features seven talented students and recent graduates of UMPRUM whose innovative, uncompromising and experimental views on fashion have an increasing influence on the Czech visual culture as a whole. Their collections, curated by Pavel Ivančic - award-winning designer and head of UMPRUM’s Fashion Department - is displayed in a dazzling installation designed as a robotic tree where unique displays are hanging from its branches like exotic fruits, the installation evokes the surreal feeling of ephemerality and timelessness at the same time. Part of Fashion Utopias, The British Council and British Fashion Council’s International Fashion Showcase 2016 in association with Lon don Fashion Week.

19 – 23 February 2016
Space G16, West Wing Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Daily 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.15)


Monika Krobová graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in 2015. She has gained attention during her internship at Thomas Tait’s studio and currently as a designer with Steven Tai in London. Monika has already acquired two nominations for the Czech Grand Design award. Her fashion collections were presented at Prague Design Weeks, Mercedes Benz Prague Fashion Week and London Design Festival - Designersblock. Monika applies fashion and textile design beyond simple making of clothes, drawing ideas from art to performance, architecture and humanities.

Garments that have emerged in recent years of Filip Jakab’s studies in Fashion Design at the Studio of the School of Applied Arts, at the Royal Academy in The Hague as well as during his internship for the off-beat British brand Meadham Kirchhoff, are all characterized by the word "searching". He exhibited in Paris and was featured in the likes of Haarper’s Bazaar or Blue Paper.
www.filipjakab.com, https://vimeo.com/69496476

Currently a master’s student at UMPRUM’s Fashion Design department, Tereza Rosalie Kladošová has interned at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design or with Anne Sofie Madsen in Copenhagen. In her multiple collections she balances around craft and plays with humour and overstatements.

Markéta Kratochvílová graduated from Eva Eisler’s studio K.O.V. at Prague´s AAAD. She also studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her deep interest in women, their lives and the female body is reflected in her very unique approach to jewellery design. "In my designs, I strive to support the relationship of a female body with jewellery and explore its capacity to express itself and have impact on its owner and her life". She was nominated for Czech Grand Design and in 2014 she won the Czech Grand Design 2014 Editors’ Award.

After graduating from Prague´s AAAD, Antonín Šimon established his own brand Antonin Simon in 2013. With working experience gained at Jakub Polanka Studio, Raf Simons and cooperations with the likes of Pietro Filipi, Antonín works in womenswear, menswear and accessories, often drawing inspiration from subcultures, countercultures and exploring the "dandy" phenomenon in today´s world.

Karolina Jurikova is based in Prague, Czech Republic. She has interned with the famous avant-garde fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm in Vienna and recently spent a few months at Camper in Mallorca. She focuses on womenswear, shoes and accessories. She studied at the Academy of Art Architecture and Design and interned at the Universität Für Angewandte Kunst Wien. Her work was featured in the likes of Bullet mag, Used mag, Elle, Haarpers Bazaar or WTF WEB.
http://karolinajurikova.tumblr.com/, www.karolinajurikova.com

Sofya Samareva began creating her unique hats in 2014, blending millinery design with hairstyling to create a range of close-fitting, textured, sculptural headpieces. Precise processing of traditional felt material transforms this accessory of smart clothing into a playful sculptural object: a wearable and practical head cover is open to unexpected combinations due to novelty of its form.


“At the Czech Centre we love working on projects that creatively mix genres and fields of knowledge. Presenting gifted young designers who are actively exploring materials, styles and themselves is therefore tremendously inspiring for us, both joy and privilege. It also brings to life the long, at times underrepresented, tradition of fashion and design in the Czech Republic and demonstrates the unparalleled high level of craftsmanship, nurtured undoubtedly by UMPRUM.

The exhibition – beautiful, diverse, brave, witty and joyful - represents Czech creative talent at its best. We only hope for it to grow even stronger.”

Tereza Porybná
Director, Czech Centre London


“Fashion is a social, cultural and gender construction critique. What is the taste of now, what is taste in general? What is the role of fashion in a global world? To what extent do individual voices contribute to the ongoing fashion debate? What makes fashion relevant?

I find answers to these questions in the voice of the Czech up-and-coming designers' generation that is no longer burdened with the totalitarian regime of the past, while drawing from its traditional heritage and cultural background, and remaining free-spirited and open-minded.

Personal themes such as the body phenomenon, fetishism, dazzle camouflage, everyday use objects and do-it-yourself art, totalitarian uniformity, mental ecology or gender crisis reflects the designers’ identities and origins, sophisticatedly overlapping various sectors within and beyond fashion. ”

Pavel Ivančic
Curator, Director of UMPRUM’s Fashion Design Studio


The Last Fata Morgana Instagram page

Organized in partnership with Prague Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (AAAD)

Sponsors: Galerie Smečky Foundation, Lasvit

Partners: Pilsner Urquell, TECHO, Czech Tourism

Media partner:

Part of Fashion Utopias, The British Council and British Fashion Council’s International Fashion Showcase 2016 in association with London Fashion Week.

Filip Jakab

Filip Jakab

Markéta Kratochvílová

Monika Krobová

Sofya Samareva

Tereza Rosalie Kladošová








Space G16, West Wing Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA


From: 18 Feb 2016
To: 23 Feb 2016


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