New design talent at Graduate Fashion Week: part 3Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Look out for: A design concept based on biodegradability and reducing waste. So materials consist of organic cotton, organic silk, fair trade, and lambswool hand-woven in India by a women’s co-operative. Garments that are vegetable dyed or dyed with AZO-free dyes and sewn up using second hand vintage cotton and silk threads and finished with shell or wooden buttons. A digital printing technique - the most eco-friendly way of printing a material. Reversible designs and styling options to give the customer input.
Ambitions and goals: ‘To ultimately make a name for myself in the industry and set up my own label.’
Chaloupkova says, ‘GFW is an amazing event as it gives all exhibitors and participants a fantastic opportunity to expose the fruits of their hard work. Fundamentally, the event celebrates creativity and innovation, so I am delighted to showcase my collection and get some feedback from the board of key fashion industry insiders. Personally, it feels really satisfying to come to the finale of a very intense but fulfilling year. I have enjoyed every single bit of the design process and the production of garments - the stress and disappointments when things go wrong make the highs even more rewarding. Now I can't wait to see all my garments on the catwalk. This is the end of my studies and I certainly feel nervous about the next challenge of finding a place in a highly competitive environment. What can I say? Ready or not here I come.’