A restless multi-talent
Written by: Štěpánka Strouhalová
Photo by: Věroslav Sixt
|Gérard M. Wilson
"If you can cut precisely fitting
dresses, you can sew anything, even circus tents. It's all in the
cutting," opines Gérard M. Wilson (40), an Englishman with
eastern European roots, a fashion creator, and an interior designer.
HE CAN DRESS a person in most anything, from perfectly fitted suits
through paper cards to "well-cut" wooden dresses. And
for a change he "dresses" furniture of all types with
the nonchalance of a first-rate tailor.
When he was just seventeen, this restless Londoner opened a shop
on Carnaby Street featuring crazy outfits (Boy George was one of
his customers). It was in this shop that he gained practical experience,
cutting and sewing tailor-made clothes. However, he was not very
satisfied with his studies at the renowned St. Martin School of
design, preferring to gain experience in various design fields.
In France, he served an internship in the manufacture of equestrian
saddles and tack, learning new upholstering techniques. Upon his
return to England, wild latex items became the craze, so he glued
colorful T-shirts and pants made of rubber latex together.
Seven years ago he moved to Prague and established Rogue Designs,
a fashion and interior studio. He currently designs costumes for
advertisements, films, and fashion shows, but he also tailors for
private clients. Wilson's witty and unconventional designs adorn
interiors of well-known Prague clubs and restaurants like Radost
FX. He speaks most highly of the interior of the Blind Eye club
in Žižkov, which is to open at the end of February. "There
will be a huge, articulated, wavy couch that can seat up to 50.
This is probably my finest creation to date," he says. Wilson's
creations are often a symbiosis of fashion and design. "I like
furnishing my clients with everything from clothes to furniture.
If they let me, I like to go wild, but I have no personal style
of my own. True, I'm not very proud of this, but I can make near-perfect
copies," he confides. On the other hand, he is able to create
original wares of which not even fashion designer John Galliano
would be ashamed.
He enjoys designing haute couture style items, but simple, comfortable,
fully functional fashion is his real challenge. An evening gown
(materials included) sells for CZK 3,000 and up at Rogue Designs,
suits go for around CZK 9,000, and you can have your favorite sofa
reupholstered for as little as CZK 4,000-5,000.
|| Classic-cut suit,
blend of wool and silk
Brocade evening dress with trousers
|| Silver sofa in
Radost FX club's new interior
Golden sofa in Radost FX club
how to turn
the tables on st. valentine
Take the four required steps and
a great Valentine's Day can be yours!
Melt the ice with dangerously sweet
espresso. Cup with saucer, CZK 365; sugar bowl with
spoon, CZK 395; Guzzini, Obchod snů.
||Unlock the heart. Key
ring with rhinestones, CZK 300; Accessorize.
a bath and smell great. Soap in a metal box, CZK 190;
Adorn yourself in seductive undergarments. Satin panties
and bra with pearly beads, CZK 375 and 850; Punčocha-cha.
Obchod snů, Husova 1, Praha 1
Oilily, Pasáž Koruna, Václavské n. 1, Praha
Accessorize, Metropole Zličín, Řevnická 1,
Punčocha-cha, Vinohradský pavilon, Vinohradská
50, Praha 2
shop of the
A touch of rosy dreams: Act in the
name of love and visit the Au nom de la rose flower shop,
which specializes in the queen of flowers. It offers over
20 types of roses every day, and will bind them in many romantic,
artful bouquets or clever arrangements. Those who appreciate
the beauty of roses will also enjoy the pleasantly scented
products from the Rosarum line, such as rose water or rose
Au nom de la rose, Štěpánská 43, Praha 1