Czech Designer Petra Ptáčková Weaves a Magical Realism

Two threads worked by emerging designers — sport and fairy-tales — come together in Petra Ptáčková’s fanciful, charming clothes. The Czech weaves modern costumery from an elaborate mix of materials, volumes, adventures, and sheer arcana, resulting in fantasy-wear that has nothing to do with sex appeal and everything to do with a “magical realism,” a term she borrows from literature.

Currently based in Prague and Paris, Ptáčková studied at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, where she discovered a passion for haute couture and its recherché techniques. With a hybrid style all her own, she’s constantly traveling, forever on a quest to uncover forgotten ways and ideas. Every bit as spritely as her designs, she says the people who wear her collections are “open-minded dreamers with no boundaries. We create our own tomorrow.”

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