Folds, Capes, and a Chest Hair sweater welcome to the wonderful world of VSUP

A student’s work can be hit or miss. Sometimes it’s so unwearable and so in the clouds that you wonder just how the student will ever make it in the design world. Then there are students whose work you stare at, gasping; mouth wide open wishing you could some how draft them into the big design leagues and away from college. Yes, some really do have that kind of talent.

This week VSUP (The Academy of Architecture, Art and Design in Prague) offered the public a chance to see the winter semester work under the  eye of professors: Liběna Rochová and Pavel Ivančic’s studios.

In Pavel’s studio color reined supreme with most of the students experimenting with fabrics and cuts to create truly wearable pieces! Lay Sedlakova created two very grown up looks focusing on a traditional trench coat in an ochre brown paired with raw silk trousers. While her second look focused around a motorcycle inspired jacket with a light peony colored silk skirt. Frantisek Kubes’s chest hair sweater in a mohair-style material was both fun and recusant. Bolin Zhang’s red cape was sewn with multiple layers in a beautiful true red that was quite reminiscent of A/W 13 color palette which was seen in New York.

Frantisek Kubes
Frantisek Kubes

Lay Sedlakova

Lay Sedlakova


Lay Sedlakova

Lay Sedlakova


In Libena’s studio the work was more somber and a bit wan with only one or two students opting for patterns. (Most went for solid colors in red, black, or white.) While I thought that the skill of each student was outstanding, much of the work reflected Ms. Rochova’s own love for simple silhouettes with loads of folds and twists. Magdalena Urgelova’s black, long-sleeved shirt with cut outs at the shoulder and ruching details was a nice surprise among a sea of drop-waisted coats and jackets. Just as in Mr. Ivancic studio, Karolina Karpiskova also chose a true red to create a deep v-neck dress with a layer of folds at the hip. There were also dresses made from a gauze material that would look perfect in store for S/S13.


Magdalena Urgelova

Magdalena Urgelova


Karolina Karpiskova

Karolina Karpiskova


The work that was shown was quite good; though some were obviously better than others. Will any of these young talents end up at this year’s Dreft Fashion Week, Prague Fashion Weekend, or Designblok Premier Fashion Week? I can only hope that a few of them were also scouted by the local big wigs and will appear during the fall shows.

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