Fashion designer Tereza Vu is a graduate of the prestigious school London Collage of Fashion and she has first appeared on the Czech fashion scene with her brand in 2013. Class, elegance and bravado are typical for her collections of luxury underwear. The lingerie is, already at first glance, sensual and very comfortable, because Tereza Vu is very painstaking in her choice of materials. Although the linen itself is very minimalistic, at closer inspection the painstaking manual processing is apparent, with the best and most luxurious details. Thereza Vu appeared with her collection for SS 19 also at this year's MBPFW and we have to say that it was well worth it! How did the designer prepare for the MBPFW and what is her creation like was confided to the Luxury Prague Life magazine before the beginning of her outstanding original show.
I would not say that I wanted to design when I was a child, but from my early age I enjoyed drawing and painting. I was accepted for art lessons at the local school of music and arts at only four years of age. I remember that couple of times I had won some art competitions not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad. I admit that fashion charmed me, but I was a bit fascinated by modelling at that time. I did not really consider designing in those days.
At the end of the grammar school I started to study French at the Charles University, but I interrupted the studies in its last year and then cut it off. And then a kind of carousel started. I got married, became pregnant and we moved to London. There I first completed a language course and then I began to look at other fields of study. When I discovered that I could also have the opportunity to study fashion design, I enrolled. And that was really the beginning.
The studies taught me that nothing is for free. We have had the opportunity to meet with outstanding personalities from the fashion industry and to get to know their life stories. That was a great inspiration for us. In addition, I consider as great advantage the fact that the concept of the studies was a combination of fashion design and its business aspect; i.e. marketing, economy, project management, up to initiation of mass production.
As I have said, it was quite a lot of hard work. The really difficult bit was to come back to the Czech Republic after seven years, when I have, more than ever before, realised the differences in both cultures, the Czechs seemed more conservative, difficult to approach or practically hostile. When I look back, at the beginning I found it very difficult to find the right direction and not to veer off it even after a multitude of difficulties. Good fortune was that the nearest family stood by me.
Of course, at first I was very reluctant, but then I told myself that I need to try it. And I dived into it head first. I created a business plan, bought the fabrics, materials, and started to prepare the first designs.
In my life I like challenges and I consider lingerie as quite a bit of a challenge. You work with a relatively complex structure on very small areas, plus with fine materials that are difficult to handle and keep in steady shape.
First of all, I think about the collection as a whole. I look for inspiration, draw and create a moodboard. Then I look for suppliers of fabrics. For my work I need to feel and touch the fabric. That is another inspirational moment. It sometimes happens that at this moment I change my original intention. And then comes the scissors, tailoring paper, measuring tape, pins, etc. etc.
Appearances are sometimes deceptive. I think that in each of us there is a little bit the "darker" side.
I choose the materials according to inspiration and the intent of the entire collection. In the majority of cases however, I work with ultra-fine materials - French lace, silk, organza and mesh.
Of course, these must always correspond to a specific collection.
I don´t usually have just one piece of inspiration, mostly it is interplay of current life situations and moods. Music, films, books, buildings, pictures, friends, experiences from journeys, scents, materials, in short, there are quite a few things, really.
Of course, I wear my own lingerie, I always like pieces from the latest collections.
Clients in England are more adventurous, bolder and more open to try something new. And are so regardless of age. The clients here are more conservative, again, regardless of age.
I work here in the Czech Republic, where I have my studio and workshop.
I would like my brand to be competitive in the international market of exclusive lingerie brands.
Most of all I enjoy creation of the designs - that is the creative part of the work.
Minimalist design, emphasis on construction, detailing and use of luxury silk fabrics or French lace and meshes. I design the models so as to especially accentuate the feminine silhouette and typically I use elements which naturally draw attention to sensuality.
Yes, I have, but so far, I have not had the time. It is a question for the future.
Here again I mainly enjoy the design and of course the materials. And then I look forward to it when the bride or other clients put on the clothes.
I don´t know, at the moment I still have a lot of ideas concerning underwear. But I never say never.
The most beautiful dress I think was the one I made for my own wedding.
I don´t know, maybe the very first.
Certainly a superb one. I am proud that I have been given the opportunity to present my designs at this important event.
Paris, New York.
I prepare the collection and accessories, I design the overall look, select the face of the collection and then I work with my colleagues on styling, visage, music, choreography, including the selection of models. I must fine-tune all the details.
I must not say anything in advance, but I believe that everything will work out the way it is supposed to.
The theme and inspiration is the period of reign of Louis XIV., i.e. The turn of the 17th and 18th century.
The collection bears the name "Garden of Delight". I focus on the opposites and contrasts and what is at the bottom is also on the top, only there is a different implementation. Ostentation and pomp of royal apparel and as a contrast simple white and powder tone. I wanted to demonstrate that fashion is not just for show, but that it is and must be even where it is not visible at first glance.
As regards materials, I once again use those to which I feel the closest in my work. I chose French lace, silk, organza, mesh and as a complement, wool of a special structure and interesting colours.
I cannot at this moment say what is best, you will be able to see and judge for yourself. The collection was designed especially for clients who have their own style and who are not afraid to attract attention.
Violoncellist, Terezie Kovalová.
Because I admire her as a woman. This is someone who managed to achieve something in her field, which is not fashion. In addition, of course, she is a beautiful woman, of electrifying looks, which precisely correspond to my collection.