This year's prestigious international exhibition of innovative and interdisciplinary fashion FASHIONCLASH held in Maastricht, Netherlands, took place from June 15th to the 17th. The Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague was represented by Michaela Čapková a student from the 1st year’s post-graduate studies program in the Studio of Fashion and Footwear Design.
The showing of her collection Artefacts was created within the framework of the broader studio project Power of Identity: Memory Fashion Message, and opened with a dance performance by Andrea Vykysalá (Benková). Michaela presented 8 original designs altogether.
Concept behind Artefacts
The collection is inspired by the traditional Czech material of canvas bed sheeting, from which, in the 15th century they sewed duvets, drapes, tea towels, and traditional canvas skirts. The reciprocal interconnectedness of several of these artefacts resulted in the genesis of the collection, which becomes a dialogue between what is an art object and a functional object. The canvas used in the collection is a redesign of original patterns of fabric from the textile designer Eva Jandíková. The collection also uses Preciosa crystals, which refers to another important Czech craft period that points to pre First Republic Czechoslovakia.
Michaela Čapková's presentation was made possible with the support of the Czech Center in Rotterdam, which financed the travel, stay, and transfer of the collection and the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague, also participated in the financing of the collection.