LAST FATA MORGANA
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.