From octopus to the catwalk
Architect Jan Kaplický may never see his controversial winning octopus or “blob” design for a new national library in Prague come to fruition. But rather than wallow in the endless debate and machinations, Mr Kaplický has instead taken up a new profession.
But, Mr Kaplický has been keeping busy in his native country. His latest project has seen him move from the arena of architecture to fashion design. On Thursday, a new exhibition from the Czech fashion label Leeda went on display at the Meet Factory – an alternative venue for the arts. Among the various clothing designs on display, a series of classy women’s outfits designed by the famous architect – everything from evening wear to more casual items and most of them particularly revealing. In an interview with the Czech daily Hospodářské Noviny, Mr Kaplický noted the parallels between fashion design and architecture, pointing out that in both cases one is making something with the hope that it doesn’t fall down.
And this isn’t the first time that the architect has delved into the world of fashion. Last year, the architect-turned fashion designer created a wedding dress for his future wife. The twist? The dress was jet black. Whether Mr Kaplický decides to continue in the world of fashion isn’t clear, though the architect has not ruled it out.