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Feb 14, 2018 7:00 PM - Mar 2, 2018

St. Valentine's Day with Czech Ancestry Fashion Designers

Fill your Valentine's Day with Czech fashion, block printing workshop and documentary about Manolo Blahnik

Wednesday February 14 2018, 7-10 PM

Enjoy a documentary about Czech Spanish fashion designer Manolo Blahnik, a fashion exhibition with a pop-up shop by Czech Australian demi-couture designer Iva Pfeiffer, and a block printing workshop with Czech American artist Petra Valentová.

7PM in the Cinema
Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards (Director: Michael Roberts, 89 minutes, 2017)

Delve into an in-depth portrait of Manolo Blahnik, self-confessed 'cobbler' and the man regarded by most influential fashion figures as the best high-end shoe designer of the 20th and 21st centuries. This is a film for anyone who has ever looked longingly at a pair of 'Manolos'.

Growing up on a remote Spanish Canary island, Manolo made shoes out of sweet wrappers for lizards that he caught in his family's garden. After opening his first store in London in 1973 and coming of age in fashion capitals such as Paris and New York, Manolo now has shops anddepartment store concessions in over 20 countries and retains full control of the business, still creating every shoe, even hand-carving the wooden forms himself.

Director and longtime fashion journalist Michael Roberts presents this never-before-seen peek into Mr. Blahnik's world, featuring a 'who's who' of the fashion and entertainment industries including Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Paloma Picasso, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Rupert Everett, Karlie Kloss, Isaac Mizrahi, and André Leon Tally.


8:30PM in the Gallery

TRANSLATION: Moving Between Cultures

Revel in an exhibition of the newest collection by New York Fashion Week participant Iva Pfeiffer, presented at Milan Fashion Week. Inspired by her recent journey to India, Pfeiffer shows how we can weave our variances to claim a common texture - humanity.
The event features a workshop on traditional block printing with the designer herself and Petra Valentová.

Iva Pfeiffer creates wearable art that transcends traditional notions of fashion: her philosophies are woven into the design, fabric, and construction of each garment. That she never produces two identical pieces bestows on each garment its own narrative and a compelling blend of elegance and vibrancy.
Exploring - and evolving - traditional as well as modern textiles and techniques, Iva draws on a rich array of fabrics and materials, all of which are ethically sourced. Textures and colours, along with her philosophies and questions, inspire her designs that are characterised by astonishing intricacy and fluidity.

“For the fashion industry to be relevant and reflect 21st century values, it must reject out-dated concepts and practices, including disposable fashion and exploitation of workers.”                  Iva Pfeiffer


Decrying the fast and frivolous, Iva’s “slow fashion” philosophy respects every element of design and fashion, from fabric-making to sustainability of the finished garment. Her pieces simultaneously celebrate and challenge, making  them impossible to ignore.


Petra Valentová, a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, has worked with fabric prints, among others, in her work for several years. Within the scope of her doctoral studies at the Studio of Textile Design at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague she combines traditional wood block printing from Rajasthan region in India and Czech indigo block printing from Strážnice. She works on mapping wood block printing workshops and their production in India. She is interested in the phenomenon of sustainable fashion and she works with a community of traditional chhipa printers. Petra develops new designs, which she realises in India and the Czech Republic. Her current topic is fields and weeds. She experiments with various types of fabric, which is prints using floral or geometric motifs.



"I consider the identity that is linked to each design important."

Petra Valentová






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From: Feb 14, 2018 7:00 PM
To: Mar 2, 2018


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