Voyage Through Central Europe at the International Fashion Showcase
Created: 24. 11. 2014 from Fashion Design

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.
http://www.britishfashioncouncil.co.uk/content/1876/IFS


THE DESIGNERS:

CZECH REPUBLIC:
Awkward
(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.
www.awkwardcollection.com

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
www.pavelberky.cz

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.
www.hanafrisonova.com

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.
www.janamikesova.wordpress.com

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.
www.petraptackova.com