A collection of leather, bondage, flowing skirts, and 20’s gingham dresses- this is how Zlin’s graduates from Tomas Bata University envisioned their final collections.
If you have ever been to a school’s fashion show then you are already aware that the presentation will be a little bit slower and sometimes a little off. Given that knowledge, the student’s at Tomas Bata University certainly gave many of the universities around the Czech Republic a run for their money. While not all collections were winners, there were quite a few that stood out in the crowd:
Tereza Rozalie Kladosova
If you don’t know her name, it’s probably best you go ahead and get out your scribble pad and put it in there. Her collection of ombre dyed mint, grey and black dresses and skirts were sweet and angelic next to the harder, more rigid laser cut leather vests and appliques. The one thing that stood out was the cleanness of the collection- no loose threads, no uneven hemlines, no overuse of sheer fabric- it was clean- it was perfect.
Leather, asymmetrical cuts, silks cut in wide leg trousers and long skirts, oversized jackets with balloon sleeves synched at the waist; this is where my heart fell swiftly and deeply into the point of no return. There are very few designers that can master the over-size jacket without adding so much bulk that you look like a Michelin tire advert, but Sabina was able to master it effortlessly.
A repetition of beads found their way into dresses, pant hems, necklaces, and bracelets and ran as the main theme for the girliest of the Bachelor’s collection at Tomas Bata University. Necklines and shoulder structures varied allowing for not only a good-looking collection, but one that incorporated great cuts into every piece.
Well, firstly let me get the necessary WOW out-of-the-way; ok finished. If you ever wanted to know what updated gingham, country chic looked like then apparently all you ever needed to do was travel down to Moravia, in the south of the Czech Republic, and knock on the door of Ms. Maslonova’s studio to see that not only do the Moravian’s do wine well, but also a nod to First Republic classic country-style. Gingham appliques were sewn into varying sizes of daisy’s so sweet and sincere that you needed a hard reminder that this young talent is just finishing her master’s degree.
Holland! Amsterdam! The Flying Nun style hats! Magdalena’s collection took an ode to Amsterdam and school girl charm and remade it from the Czech girl. Prints were a bit outlandish but certainly fun, and the color palette was one that shied away from the traditional blacks and greys so often found at all Czech fashion shows and traded up for a bit of turquoise and a brilliant mustard yellow. A fun collection from start to finish.
Big thank you to Veronika Ruppert from Czech Radio’s Modeschau for providing pictures!