At first there was an idea. The idea was that through collaboration on an international scale all parties would be enriched as they create a fresh style using original techniques: a project which will broaden the artistic range of Design Studio VO5 on an internationnal level.
The Victoria and Albert Museum (London), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), The Gernsheim Collection (Austin, Texas) and the Bibliothèque National (Paris) are just a few of the venerable art institutions that have showcased works by the Czech photographer, Ivan Pinkava. For this reason Design Studio V05 is honored to partner with Mr. Pinkava under the auspices of the Czech Ambassador and in cooperation with the renowned see+ gallery to present a unique exhibition at the in which photography is employed to present fashion from distinct perspectives.
Pinkava’s photographs convey a sense of simplicity and space that speak to a yearning for freedom. Each photograph captures a fleeting and intimate moment that is both freestanding and, yet, part of an overall narrative. Life is a innumerable series of moments joined together by the concept of time. In his photography, Pinkava doesn’t attempt to capture the whole but instead seeks to convey the significance of the parts that make up the whole.
The constant interplay of light and shadow as well as depth and the ephemeral was, in part, made possible by the choice of fabric for this collection: silk organza. The qualities inherent to this fabric gave the designer, Oldrich Anton Vojta, under the supervision of the head of the project Zhao Xin, great latitude for experimentation and expression. Drawing inspiration from the past, the collection is nometheless niether static nor bound by previous conventions. While hearkening back to the age of Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death, the collection echews the gilded style of Elizabethan upper class fashion in favor of the simple lines and monochromatic colors seen in clothes worn by commoners of that time. The intergration of squares in each dress reminds us how the first idea can build into the final theme, where each detail coalesces into the greater whole.