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Slovak Fashion Night at the Slovak Ball 2024

January 27, 2024

The Royal Manor, 454 Midland Avenue, Garfield, New Jersey, USA

Slovak Fashion Night was a gala evening with a long history. Plus421 Foundation’s 17th edition signature event co-operated with the Consulate General of Slovakia in New York and the Slovak-American Cultural Center (S-ACC) at the 2024 Slovak Ball.

The Slovak Fashion Night launched a travelling photo exhibition "ONE CITY - MANY WORLDS". The photos were created especially for this project. The main idea was to showcase a statement of four artists who stood behind the camera's lens and a group of different artists, who stood in front of the lens. They were united at a certain moment by the life of the capital city of Slovakia, Bratislava, and its periphery. The mix of emotions was a statement of the artistic soul of this time, as a form of 
expression of one's creativity and identity.

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The fashion show was under the auspices of the artistic team from Atelier71, a craft house where the traditional Slovak arts were being revived. It focused primarily on fashion design, where creativity reigns. Its purpose was to create, learn, and connect. It was established by the Mola Couture head designer, Monika Lacekova, who has vitally enhanced the textile industry through her artistry and educating for 30 years.


Atelier71 emphasized hand-made design and was involved in multiple projects to restore and preserve true craftsmanship. The team coached artistic embroidery, hat making, and textile recycling- just to name a few-springing the new generation of artists and fashion designers.

● Esencia collection - MONIKA LACEKOVÁ / MoLa Couture, founder of Atelier71 and author of the textile innovation Ty Si IQ (You are IQ). The collection was created by a combination of waste 
materials and the author's textile innovation TY si IQ (You are IQ). The basic features of the collection were femininity, tailoring, recycling, handwork, plastic embroidery detail, glass buttons, and beads, like fashion with a story.

● Eden collection - EVA BEŇOVÁ. The collection was created during a professional internship at 
Atelier71, based on the GLASS BUTTON AWARD for new faces of the fashion scene. The main motif  was the Garden of Eden, which was shown in the form of hand-printed Linocut, on a dress made of the natural material of linen. The models were completed with textile application and 3D embroidery.

● The A-Gain / DAVID DEMOVIČ collection was created by recycling waste from a tailor's workshop, in the form of creating the textile innovation Ty Si IQ (You are IQ), and recycling jeans (recycled denim). David Demovič focused on the demanding construction of the cut of the corsets, with a smooth transition to the simple line of the skirt, highlighted by the 3D effect of the arrangement, or the effect of textile innovation. Student David Demovič is part of the Atelier71 team.

● Footwear design and production of OLDŘICH VOYTA was in cooperation with students of the 
Footwear Design studio of Tomáš Bata University in Zlín. The shoes were created from the waste 
material of the Atelier71 workshop and the textile innovation TY si IQ (You are IQ). The event was to benefit the S-ACC Scholarship Fund fostering cultural exchange and mutual understanding of Slovak society.

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