Slovak Fashion Council Projects in 2023

Below is a summary of the Slovak Fashion Council's projects organized or participated in 2023, which has helped spread awareness of Slovak local fashion and expand mutual foreign cooperation.

London Fashion Week with Mata Durikovic 

Mata Durikovic, winner of the Best Fashion Talent 2022 award, presented her Pink Matrix bioplastic collection during the 2023 London Fashion Week. Mata also won the National Award for Design in the Fashion & Fashion Accessories category and an award for design personality - New Face in October.

The Materials of the Future Workshop

In February, the Slovak Fashion Council organized a workshop themed "Materials of the Future or Biomaterials in Fashion" in cooperation with Vlasta Kubušová from @crafting_plastics. The participants learned more about the possibilities of biodegradable materials while working with materials such as malai, peelsphere, banana-tex, and nuatan, which support the concepts of circularity and sustainability in the fashion industry. The workshop was led by Vlasta Kubušová and Sophia Guggenberger.
The project was financially supported using public funding from the Arts Council.

The European Fashion Alliance

As one of the founding members of the European Fashion Alliance, the Slovak Fashion Council participated in international activities in the field of fashion and exchanged experiences with other European countries. The CEO, Zuzana Bobiková, spoke at the Global Fashion Summit, and the SFC also participated in the Round Table in Brussels, where they discussed issues related to sustainability in the textile industry with members of the European Parliament.


The Best Fashion Talent Committee and Finals at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Live!

In June, the Best Fashion Talent expert committee met at the College of Fine Arts in Atelier 343 (clothing design). After observing the presentation of seven semi-final contestants, the jury selected three finalists.
Zuzana Vrábeľová, Jane Vaterková, and Karin Elízová presented their collections at a catwalk show in October during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion LIVE! in the Slovak National Gallery, and Zuzana Vrábeľová became the winner of the Best Fashion Talent 2023 award.

The Summer Fashion Academy

The 9th edition of the Summer Fashion Academy carried the theme of "Resilience." The Slovak Fashion Council once again organized it in cooperation with the Slovak National Theatre to host thirty-nine attendees who worked in three teams to create their authorial collection. The sub-topics were defined by our three designers Zlatica Hubjertová, Mata Durikovic, and Zuzana Trtolová, who led the individual groups. The color palette included shades of gray.

Fashion Map Weekend 2023

On October 20th and 21st, during the Fashion Map Weekend event, the Slovak Fashion Council presented a varied range of activities where visitors had the opportunity to meet local brands and designers, discuss with renowned experts in the field of fashion and design, participate in practical workshops focused on creating a capsule wardrobe, and searching for quality vintage pieces or discovering the secrets of maintaining clothes and accessories.


The Best Fashion Talent Performance

During the Fashion Map Weekend event, we surprised the visitors of the Primate's Square with the presentation of the Best Fashion Talent contesting designs. During a contemporary dance performance, we managed to combine several artistic directions.
The designs of the semifinalists of Best Fashion Talent 2023 looked great on the @noirdc dancers while performing the choreography of @malena_mal_ directed by @nela_kleinert. @d.crycheek and @samo.hromec took care of the audiovisual for the performance, and @studio22academy with @janaolsinska was in charge of the makeup and hair of the dancers.

Open Studios 

The Fashion Map brings together Slovak designers and concept stores and provides a comprehensive overview of sales points, showrooms, studios, and online stores in Bratislava and other cities in Slovakia. During the Fashion Map Weekend event, the Slovak Fashion Council introduced the concept of "Fashion Map Corner," with a curated selection of local designs that revolved around basic, minimal, and timeless clothing.

In connection with the Fashion Map, we also prepared Open Studios following last year's topic of the role of concept stores and studios in the city" introducing selected designers, stores, and the people behind them. You can watch the videos on our YouTube channel.