Pioneer of extrava gance
Written by: Anita Lišková
Photo by: Věroslav Sixt
Four years ago, in the inspirational
environment of the Lesser Bank, the fashion designer Josef Klír
opened his dreamt-of salon. It's definitely impossible to miss his
clothes - or his remarkable hairdo.
THE ARTISTIC Klír is one of the most sought-out Czech fashion designers,
and his hallmark is unmistakable. Thanks to his audacious and original
designs and provocative combinations of various cuts, colors, and
materials, he is often called the Czech pioneer of extravagance.
"I definitely don't want to place any limits on my creative
work," says Klír. He adds that it's hard to define what is
normal and what sets something apart from the rest. "It depends
on what people consider normal. Some people might consider dyed
furs as eccentric." Klír's collection includes combinations
of silk and leather or denim, and he's willing to work with real
fur. This may be why show business figures often contact him to
Klír received his first big order when he was studying at a textile
vocational school in Liberec. "I designed costumes for the
singer Iveta Bartošová for her tour, and this led to long-term cooperation
that continues to this day," Klír comments. After graduating
in 1990, he considered extending his studies, but decided to get
right to work. "In the end I'm glad
I chose as I did. Practical experience gives me chances to learn
something, as well as more opportunities." At that time he
moved to Prague and went to work for a fashion studio that produced
costumes for film and theater, among other things. "I didn't
get to bring my own ideas to reality, but I learned a lot about
technique there," says the designer. He then became independent,
establishing his own fashion salon soon thereafter.
In addition to clothing, he designs remarkable accessories - his
latest collection included handbags made of tattered denim under
which leather is visible. Just about anything can inspire him, be
it an unusually dressed person, an interesting film or architecture.
Anyone can walk right into his studio off the street. "I like
working for specific customers," says this designer, who is
toying of late with the idea of presenting his work in other countries.
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