This year, fashion design gets more space in the programme itself, including workshops for the public and a discussion on inclusive fashion within the Design CANTEEN. This year’s fashion show will feature a total of 6 finalists and winners who have participated in the international Best in Design competition in the fashion design category over the past years. The show will take place on Wednesday, 10 May, in the iconic space of the Tomáš Bat’a Memorial in Zlín. The aim is not only to support our former finalists and winners but also to connect and highlight the contemporary work of young designers with the Memorial, which is a contemporary manifesto of modern architecture and the timeless compositional relationships of classical architecture.
The show will present the work of Silvia Zrebná, Markéta Kaplanová, Kristýna Lovas Šenkýřová, Juliana Brnáková, Adéla Mitrengová and the fashion brand Maceška and will highlight their unique perspectives and approaches to contemporary fashion design.
Warning:Because the Memorial is considered a place of remembrance, certain rules must be followed. Visitors are reminded to keep this in mind when choosing their attire. We also ask that all instructions from the organizing team are followed on-site.
- When: Wednesday 10 May at 7 PM.
- Where: Tomáš Bat’a Memorial, T. G. Masaryk square, 2570, Zlín
- Admission: 150 CZK / basic admission, 100 CZK / student, disabled, limited capacity.
Names of designers and collections to be presented
Kristýna Lovas Šenkýřová
Kristýna is a student in the final year of the Master’s programme at the Atelier of Clothing and Footwear at the Prague UMPRUM under the supervision of prof. Liběna Rochová. In her previous projects, she always focused on themes that touched on femininity and physicality. “I was inspired by the fate of women at the turn of the 19th – 20th century, but also by the issue of modern self-presentation on social networks, female cyclicality or creation for diverse female bodies.” In addition to her school projects, Kristýna founded her own brand Lovas and, together with her husband Vlastimil Šenkýř, founded the TAKAVETE brand.
The Many Faces Of One Womean
“My collection is inspired by the personality of Sidonie Gabriel Colette. When I hear the word France, I think of a woman of refined taste and incredible charisma, just like Colette. The eminent French writer inspires me with her versatile approach to her own life. In addition to being the aforementioned writer, Colette was at first a relatively wealthy daughter growing up in the French countryside. Then, from an unhappy marriage, she ran away to the theatre and became an extravagant mimic, an actress, an actress, it was then called – a variety artist. She was also a cosmetics entrepreneur for a while. Above all, she was a woman who, in her prime, was not afraid to speak publicly about her sexuality and outraged society with the masculinity of her clothing. She became an independent, confident woman writer, which lasted almost to the end of her life. I am compiling all these phases, the essence of the course of her life, into a collection called Madame Colette’s Woman of Many Faces.”
Silvie Zrebna presented herself in many fashion runaways and exhibitions, for example, Fashion Week London, Fashion Live! in Bratislava, or showrooms under the organisation Slovak Fashion Council. In addition to her own brand, she works on private commissions and also creates costumes for theatrical performances.
“The collection is very personal, it is a statement of my life values so far. It’s feminine, ambitious, but at the same time, it has a bit of insecurity and fear. The most striking feature is the narrow waist and oversized shoulders. The garments have details that elevate classic cuts to an original design. Materials are an important component of the collection, from coarse wool coats to trousers and dresses in comfortable viscose or leatherette skirts to fine silk. Green leatherette is a very distinctive element of the whole. The green colour represents harmony and growth, it elevates the emotion in the collection. The collection is designed for women, men, and anyone who perceives themselves and their body and identifies with the MOTTO collection.”
Designer Adéla Mitrengová prides herself on the principle of quality over quantity. Under her hands, she creates minimalistic yet characteristic pieces. Her work focuses specifically on handbags, which she designs with an emphasis on variability and modularity. The handbags are sewn from premium Italian Gruppo Mastrotto leather, meeting high standards of sustainability, but coming to the world near the Bohemian Forest.
CANDY SHOP collection
“The latest Candy Shop collection features playfulness, unusual shapes and colour combinations inspired by sweets. The Milkshake Tote bag, Dessert bag and Muffin case allow you to sin without regret. When designing, I explored the two human senses of taste and sight and the line between them. We know the sweet taste, and I wanted to translate it into a visual sense so that the collection feels sweet to the eye. The collection was presented in the design confectionery in autumn 2022 created for Czech Design Week and won the CZECH GRAND AWARD.”
Juliána Brnáková is a young fashion designer who emphasizes slow fashion and local production in her work. She is studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava and is currently in the final year of her Master’s degree. She works with textile waste, which she gives a second chance. She has created her own original material from textile waste produced during the production of socks. Each product is an original handmade piece made by the artist herself.
READY TO FUNCTION Collection
“The collection literally gives a chance to textile waste that would not be used further in the garment space. The waste is taken directly from the production environment, it’s various fabric scraps, scraps of thread, and scraps of socks. The models are made from materials that have been directly created from waste. We can talk about zero waste creation, as the collection not only processes waste but also does not produce any more waste. It shows how such unnecessary textile waste could be further used in different areas of the clothing and textile industry so that it is recycled. The models incorporate a large proportion of handmade techniques. There are also garments inspired by textile waste itself, which is reflected in the design and also in the cut.”
Behind the clothing brand Macešky are photographer Lucie Urban and theatre manager Veronika Svobodová. The brand was created during the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic at the beginning of 2021. Our intention, in the beginning, was primarily a desire to create when everyone was locked up at home due to quarantine. Gradually, a small idea became an idea that made us think about our brand concept. This is how we create products that bring together the traditions of different cultures.
“A meadow in bloom. Pansies. Flowers. Herbarium. Diary entries. Sunset over
through the vineyard. We rely on the principles of our brand, i.e. hand painting on fabric, sustainable materials, and simplicity of cut. All of these aspects run through all the ranges we have created over the past two years.”
Markéta Kaplanová belongs to the young generation of fashion designers who graduated from Prague’s UMPRUM and continue studying scenography at DAMU and as a designer for the Czech clothing brand LACL. In her work, Markéta develops themes with a strong personal statement on the background of collective consciousness. In most of her works, the main essence of the work is the connection with people and their possible inclusion in the creative or research process.
In her collection TRASHURE, she intends to reinterpret inherited archival material into today’s society. The project is varied and rich in content and visuals, as well as a set of deadstock materials, the discovery of which was the main impulse for this work.
“Initially, it was a textile from the 60s belonging to my great-grandmother, then obtained by buying industrial waste from NP Technolen, where she made camping clothing. My curiosity did not allow me not to question what we know about it and to find out what we did not know until now. Perhaps it was not just curiosity but also a desire for self-definition based on the things we are surrounded by and thanks to which we can define the objectified persons in them.”
In 2022, the collection was nominated for the final international Diploma Selection competition at DESIGNBLOK. More at www.marketkaplanova.com.
Who will play at the fashion show?
The music for the fashion show is created by RAINER, a producer, sound engineer, and multi-instrumentalist from Zlín. Primarily dedicated to electronic modern music, his work spans a wide genre spectrum, spiced with his specific sound design and aesthetic. In addition to collaborating with major names in the young music scene, he has also created music for The Mag magazine or for the Zlín fashion event Dotek.
What did the fashion show look like last year?
On Sunday, 8 May 2022, Zlin Design Week was complemented for the first time by a live Fashion show, which took place in the Zlín Castle. The show boasted a roster of nine designer collections, behind which were Lukáš Krnáč, Michaela Hriňová (Aimoffcl), UTB graduate Tamara Koperová, Studio 3 and many other interesting young talents. The singer Giudi also decided to support Zlin Design Week and enriched the fashion show with her live performance.