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Women’s collection designer
Martha has worked for Pietro Filipi for over 18 years. “To be honest, I feel like a fashion dinosaur,” she laughs. She joined as a fresh graduate of the College of Fashion Design. During her studies she took part in a placement in Paris’s Comédie- Française theatre. “They were doing Molière there; it was enchanting. I liked how I could build on the nature of individual characters,” she says.
At Pietro Filipi, she first began in the men’s collection. Since 2006 she has focused solely on the women’s collection. “You could say elegance is typical for me. Elegance is one of those things which will never go out of fashion,” says Martha. And who are her muses? “That would need a long list. I find inspiration in women with strong stories, whether the delicate Audrey Hepburn or the voluptuous Sophia Loren,” she responds.
Ana Margarida Dias Machado
Women’s collection designer
Margarida comes from Portugal, where she studied fashion design. “I came to Prague through my boyfriend, who studied in Lisbon one semester with me. He’s an architect, but my subject is taught in Portugal at the Architecture Faculty. The approach to fashion there is a little bit more technical than here, but this means students are perhaps better prepared for real work. Quite often our work is more of a technical than artistic nature,” she says.
“Immediately after completing my studies, I had a tendency to do everything in a complex manner so you could see I was a real designer. Yet it didn’t correspond at all to what I enjoy wearing. I’m a minimalist, and not just in what I wear. I only need a few friends, but good friends. And it’s the same with my clothes,” says Margarida. “I want items which are going to last me my whole life. With details that will remain interesting for a long time. And that’s exactly what I try to bring to my collection.”
Women’s collection designe
Monika Drápalová designs under her own Modrá brand and has many professional successes behind her. She has presented her work in showrooms and shows in Paris, New York and Shanghai. She also worked in Paris as Fashion Director for Korloff Couture. “Being relaxed, natural and somewhat open to fate is typical for Parisians. Originality plays a big role for them,” she says.
She received the Czech Grand Design award in the Clothes Designer of the Year category in 2008 and 2013. In 2013, she also became Grand Designer of the Year, the highest award across all categories. Besides her work for Pietro Filipi, she also teaches at the Secondary School of Fashion in Prague. “I am quite strict with my students,” she laughs. “I have to prepare them for the fact that a designer isn’t some God who draws. You also need to get into technologies, and materials and their properties.”
Silverline premium collection designer
Fashion designer Ivana Mentlová enjoys working with leather and natural materials. She also designs evening dresses and wedding dresses to order under her own brand I A M. This is the fourth year she has been creating the Silverline premium collection for Pietro Filipi. “In this range, it is natural materials and timeless design that we focus on. It comprises clothing which works as the foundation of your wardrobe,” explains Ivana. She has also deliberately conceived the whole collection such that single items can be combined and fit well together.
“I have always designed things for myself – that is to say which I then wear myself. I’m interested in simple lines, dresses which you can comfortably wear for ten years. I don’t normally buy things which I’m soon going to lose interest in,” she explains. As such, quality is always the top priority for Ivana – even more so that it is frequently closely bound up with comfort. “When I’m at work with one meeting after another, I want to feel comfortable, and I don’t want to go out for dinner all creased. You shouldn’t be able to see that I’ve been going around in my dress all day.”
Men’s collection designer
Filip joined Pietro Filipi right after his studies at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. He also spent one semester doing fashion design in Italy at Politecnico di Milano. “The Italians know how to dress and they take great care over it, but above all – they really don’t care what other people think of them. The important thing for them is that they feel good,” stresses Filip. He thinks that Czechs are sometimes afraid of the response of others around them, and so don’t let their style stand out too much from the crowd.
Besides fashion, Filip also does illustration and product design. “I think that as a trained fashion designer I’m always going to look at what’s around me in a different way to your typical product designer. I’m more interested in colours, textures and materials. I base my entire work on what is around me. I am very visually-focused, so I can be interested, for example, in the colour of the floor, or light,” he says.