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Topic: Fashion (38 records)

Arnoštka Roubíčková Couture House

Fashion house of the era of First Republic, opened in 1909 and closed in 1943. It was founded by Arnoštka Roubíčková and during the period of Art Deco it was one of the foremost fashion houses in Prague. Costumes in the film Ecstasy (Extase) have been attributed to it.


Czech arts and crafts society (1908–1935) that manufactured and sold products with the aim of cultivating household applied art and design.

Zika and Lída Ascher

Husband and wife whose revolutionary textile prints significantly influenced British and French fashion of the second half of the 20th century. They collaborated with such artists as Henri Matisse and Henry Moore.

Beauty queen and Miss pageants

Beauty pageants especially popular in the 1960s and 1990s. They gave rise to many successful Czech models, popular television presenters and businesswomen. In 2006, Miss Czech Republic Taťána Kuchařová was the first Czech woman to win Miss World.


Traditional technique of textile printing with small white patterns typically on a blue background. It has been a part of intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO.

Bohemian garnets

Gemstones from the Central Bohemian Highlands, with a characteristic dark red colour. They have been regarded as the mineralogical symbol of Bohemia and Bohemian jewellery-making since the 19th century.

Bohemian glass

A term denoting in particular hand-crafted glassware made from Bohemian crystal, blown and ground by master glassblowers. An export phenomenon with centuries-old tradition.


A Czech brand of sports shoes, present on domestic and foreign markets for many years. Its popularity is reflected in the fact that its name has become a general term for sports shoes.

Brussels style

A new wave of Czechoslovak design and applied arts connected with the success at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. The style illustrates the change in lifestyle in the 1950s and 1960s.

Czech fashion during socialism

Czech fashion during the socialist period (1948–1989) which was conceptually subjected to ideology. Problems included a lack of products and falling behind world fashion trends. This difficult situation was solved by consumers themselves.

Czech fashion during the First Republic and the Protectorate

A golden era of Czech fashion. Czech fashion during the First Republic (1918–1938) is still considered a synonym for elegance and refinement. The Protectorate (1939–1945) fashion maintained a high level of design quality, but it faced a lack of materials and many companies were confiscated and Aryanised.

Czech fashion magazines of the 20th century

Periodicals that created and influenced Czech fashion and life style. Their development is closely connected with Czech fashion drawing and photography. They also influenced the forming of modern women’s identity.

Czech National Revival fashion style

Historicist style of clothing featuring Slavonic motifs, popular in the 1840s. It was worn as an expression of active Czech patriotism and was meant to symbolise Slavonic unity.

Design of metro in Prague

Public transportation facility also intended to serve as a representative art gallery. The visual concept of the central section of line A is world-famous.

Fashion in Czechoslovak film

An important way of fashion presentation. During the First Republic (1918–1938) and the Protectorate (1939–1945), fashion was strongly influenced by the cult of film stars. During the era of socialism, there was an ideological change, after which promoting fashion trends became unacceptable.

Hanna Podolská Couture House

Probably the most famous fashion salon of the First Republic (1907–1948), owned by the designer Hanna Podolská, and a symbol of Czechoslovak fashion of the first half of the 20th century. Its customers included the first lady Hana Benešová, Barrrandov film stars, etc.

Eva Herzigová

Supermodel with an international career spanning more than 30 years, known also from front pages of fashion magazines and Wonderbra’s billboard campaign Hello Boys

Jablonec jewellery

Blown and ground glass jewellery manufactured in the Jablonec and Trutnov areas, and in Jizera Mountains. Czech export phenomenon of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Krásná jizba

Czech applied arts association in the area of domestic culture, which sold aesthetically valuable domestic accessories and promoted modern functionalist design.

Karolína Kurková

The most famous and the most successful Czech supermodel who has appeared on dozens of front pages of prestigious magazines and in the Pirelli Calendar. She also became famous as a so-called angel of Victoria’s Secret.

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