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Fashion in the Garden – BOLD LOOKS

October 08, 2020, 10:00 AM

The Embassy of the Czech Republic, in collaboration with Diplomacy and Fashion, will hold Fashion in the Garden – BOLD LOOKS, a collection of environmentally sustainable, couture clothing by Czech fashion designer Petra Ptáčková, on every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am-4 pm from September 29- October 15, 2020.

In the collection, Petra creates functional clothing with a twist of “magic realism,” defining clothes as a piece of art in accordance with wearability. Most of her clothes are produced ethically through recycled materials. Many of her garments one can adjust, change size, or transform into something else. Through her work, she strives to rediscover forgotten techniques and reinvent them today.

Inspired by the teachings of John Amos Comenius and his philosophy of learning through play, Petra relates through her creativity. Her fashion is the result of a vibrant journey of inspiration. She notes that she playfully begins each work with an illustration, drawings to capture her imagination, which are behind the construction of every collection. She realizes that, “Playfulness keeps our attention to learn and pushes our boundaries.”

During these unusual times, Diplomacy and Fashion Founder /Ambassador's wife Indira Gumarova invites the public to discover "a hidden oasis of couture" spread across the Embassy's meadow. Throughout the lush “secret” fashion garden nestled near Rock Creek Park, Petra’s fashion will co-exist with the natural landscape around. Guests will walk throughout the grounds looking for these BOLD LOOKS that are reinvigorating the world of fashion.

The exhibition coincides with global fashion week and RSVPs are required for attendance.

MORE ABOUT THE FASHION DESIGNER: Petra Ptáčková, a graduate of the prestigious Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, was listed "30 under 30" in the Czech Forbes Magazine. Since then, her career has launched, with three nominations for the Czech Grand Design Award. Her work has been featured on runways all around the world, including New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Kiev, Madrid, the Netherlands (Modefabriek) to name a few, and graced the pages of such magazines as Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, W and the online magazine Hypebeast, among others. This will mark the first time her work will be on view in Washington, DC. For more information about the artist, please visit https://petraptackova.com/.

EVENT DETAILS:

Dates: Every Tuesday & Thursday from September 29 – October 15, 10 am - 4 pm

Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic

3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW

Washington, DC 20008

RSVP to https://boldlooks.eventbrite.com

***Social distancing will be observed throughout the experience. Guests will book a 30-minute block to see the fashion in the garden. Cancellations may occur with limited notice due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.***

ATTIRE: Guests should wear comfortable shoes as they will be walking on grass throughout the Embassy's grounds. Some areas may be muddy, depending on the weather.

Embassy Policy: By registering, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists by attending this event on the premises of the Embassy of the Czech Republic. COVID-19 is an extremely dangerous disease. You and any family members and guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Czech Republic or any of their diplomats, staff, contractors, affiliates, employees, agents, or volunteers liable for any illness, injury, or death.

The Embassy of the Czech Republic disclaims and excludes any and all liability for any loss, injury, or damage, alleged to have been suffered by or as a result of or otherwise on its premises.

To enter, you must wear a mask. At its discretion, the Embassy may take your temperature upon arrival. No large bags are allowed. Small purses may be checked as you pass through security for entrance. RSVP confirmation and photo ID required.

Parking: Non-metered parking is available on Spring of Freedom Street and Tilden Street.

Closest Metro: The Embassy is about a 15-20 minute walk from the Van Ness Metro Station.

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