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
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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 petal marmalade.