Traveling is a strong part of who I am, as a designer and as a person of the world. My next destination is Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic! I’m so thrilled to see another part of Europe I never explored. For me, a trip to any city involves getting to know the fashion of the place – the fabrics and materials used, the preferred colors of the place, process methods and traditional clothes that created the country and city fashion character.
Bohemia VS Moravia
To understand the Czech Republic fashion history, we must first understand its history. And it’s a complicated one! In the middle ages, the Slavic kingdoms of Bohemia and Moravia are the original Czech lands that later became the Austro-Hungarian empire. After the first world war, it became Czechoslovakia, joined with their neighboring south-Slovakian country. You still with me?
Than, Nazi Germany occupied the country that later went under a socialist regime under the Soviet Union. Finally, on 1989, The Czech Republic and Slovakia became their own independent states and the Czech Republic went on to become a successful economy and a prosperous country! Look at you, history buffs! Now we can get to the focal point of our Czech journey – the fashion!
Traditional Czech fashion is vibrant, colorful, and styled with embroidery and extravagant head pieces and outfits. Styles changed by the regions, Bohemia, and Mid-Moravia – that’s the two main groups of traditional style.
Both regions use wool, silk and homespun (made at home) linen traditionally. The woman wore two aprons, tied in the front and the back with white blouses and underskirts. Men wore airy jackets, vests, and long wide trousers.
Materials and styles
Until the 19th century, residents in the villages still wore traditional clothing on the regular! While woman in the city traded the tradition for multi-layered skirts. The main fabric used was cotton with elaborate decorations, embroideries, ribbons, and scarfs.
The head pieces are gorgeous, laced with fabrics and worn high. You could tell one’s profession by the clothes – working men wore simple, dark colors a and working men wore long, simple dresses. For special events both wore yellow, white, and black embroidery. But women were fantastically shaping their skirts into big hoops and extraordinary outfits.
Now for modern Czech Republic, there’s not much of traditional clothing in the city or any but you can still see the traditional styles and folk clothing worn in small Bohemian and Moravian villages.
Prague is modern and diverse and local artists keep the tradition of the folk style to maintain the history, creating art collections, modern sculptures, and paintings.
I’m in love with the gorgeous head pieces and the imaginative colors and layering that makes every traditional dress into an art collection!
Now, I’m even that much more intrigued to go out and explore the streets and fashion of Prague! Bon Voyage to all the travellers and explorers out there on their journey !