SOFFA loves original design and never forgets about style and talented fashion designers. Therefore, in our new section called SOFFA INTRODUCES FASHION, we’ll be regularly introducing the best of the local fashion scene.
At first we’ll show you the work of a young Slovak designer, actually a trained architect. Zoltán Tóth graduated from the Atelier of Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. While studying architecture, he encountered the Atelier of Fashion Design. Fascinated by fashion and fashion design he collaborated with established designers, such as Lenka Sršňová, and learnt how to tailor. Precision and a keen eye for detail is characteristic of Zoltán’s work as a result of his architectural practice. Nowadays, he works under his own brand entitled Zoltán Tóth and he also works professionally in fashion styling.
Although Zoltán is always cheerful and smiling, he likes to create juxtapositions in his collections and he also draws inspiration from morbid aspects of human life. The first collection is called Necrophilia and reflects on both life and death. It is simple aesthetic of black and white translated through a careful selection of materials, and is reminiscent of a dead body. Thanks to the flawless fit and emphasis on the female silhouette the collection never forgets about the importance of elegance. The collection is finished off with a touch of the avant-garde brought by masks and rings from designer Mira Straka.
When creating his second collection he was inspired by dramatic changes that life can bring and the contrast of fear and great expectations. Death, old age and war on one side, and love, health and success on the other. There are colours and combinations of various materials and unexpected shapes within his work, reflecting the lives of us all Zoltán’s latest collection named Rozpad (The Breakup).
Perhaps the most important question of all is about your new collection. What can we expect, and what inspired you this time?
The biggest inspiration was the 1920s, especially the period after the First World War. Relaxation and good humour came with the end of the war and people laughed. This is the inspiration for my new collection - the emergence of swing, dance, unbuttoning the corsets and loosening the cuts. There are monochrome surfaces combined with crazy colours, freshness and joy. Eventually, I added a little piece of myself, and a little bit of the atmosphere of the 90’s. After all, I'm a child of the 90’s and I want to pass on the great atmosphere.
Wow, this is quite a change comparing it to your previous collections. What made you decide to do a collection full of colours of joy? And what inspires you when creating?
It is simple. My collections are a reflection of myself. I went through a difficult period of life during the creation of Rozpad (The Breakup) collection, now I’m great and I want to show it the whole world!
Do you think that your design fits into a certain style?
Probably not. I’m making exactly what I like at the moment and I have no reason to typecast it.
How does it actually take place when you decide to make a new dress? Does it come naturally or do you have to force yourself?
Simply, I have to feel like doing it. There are days when I wake up and I know that I want to sew. Then, in a bout of creativity I lock myself at home, I don’t eat and sleep and it goes great. Recently, I tried to force my work, and it turned out that I threw away two dresses. I have to enjoy my work.
What is it about your work and fashion generally that you enjoy the most? Do you think that you come back to designing buildings instead of dress some day?
I love the playfulness of fashion in general. Forming fashion is fun and it goes quite quickly, which I missed in architecture. It takes years to build a house; I can sew a dress by the day. On the other hand, fashion is a short time thing, and it is very ephemeral.
I myself admire combining creativity with functionality in your collections. What is important to you as a designer, aesthetics or usability?
You can say both. Everything that I create should be functional and woman should feel comfortable in it. But sometimes I have no problem to prioritize aesthetic aspects of clothing.
By: Patrik Florian | Translation: Denisa Werthanová