Romani fashion designer wins international competition in the USA
Pavel Berky, a fashion designer from Slovakia of Romani origin who lives and works in London, England, was one of four finalists in the international fashion competition Exalt Fashion Show. On Saturday, 19 November, he showed his collection in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA at the final evening of the contest, which he won. The main prize is the opportunity for the winner to showcase original designs at solo fashion shows in London, Milan, New York and Paris.
"This is the dream of any designer, to present your collection in one of the big cities of fashion. My dream has come true. I am very glad and I honestly did not expect this," Berky told news server Romea.cz.
Berky is now the official designer of the spring tour of the Exalt production team. The company's website says that its "clientele involves industry celebrities, international designers and models, as well as a number of buyers and investors."
This is not Berky's first international success - in 2012 his collection "XY" won the prestigious international "TOP STYL DESIGNER" fashion competition. That contest was part of the program of the international fashion fairs KABO and STYL, which are regularly hosted by the exhibition grounds in Brno, Czech Republic.
A total of 23 contestants from four countries entered that competition. Berky also successfully presented his designs at the Dreft Fashion Week in Prague in 2012.
That same year he was also involved in a project run by the ROMEA organization, "Romani Mentor", which motivated Romani children to continue their educations. Children from a primary school in Prague's 5th district had the opportunity to experience the environment of fashion design and modeling under his direction.
In 2013, as part of the ninth annual prestigious fashion show "Shooting Fashion Stars", Berky's collection won the award for most photogenic. In 2014 Berky presented his creations at the Merceds-Benz Prague Fashion Week.
- Grandson of famous Czechoslovak partisan from the Romani community says his grandfather was a hero
- Ladislav Samek: It is hard to get rid of the label of "institutionalized child" in Czech society
- Romani activist Štefan Tišer has passed away in the Czech Republic
- Funeral for Jan Rác will take place tomorrow, Friday, 4 June, in Karviná, Czech Republic
- Funeral for Jiřina Šiklová to be held tomorrow in Prague
- Jan Rác, Romani activist and researcher, has passed away
- Czech Charter 77 signatory and sociologist Jiřina Šiklová has passed away, advocated for Romani equality
- Even in hell, she chose good: Alfreda Markowska, the Polish Romani woman who saved Jewish and Romani children from the Nazis
- Brooke Pavek, an American with Romani roots, has more than 700 000 social media followers
- Romani activist Rudolf Zajda has passed away in the Czech Republic
- Charlie Chaplin's granddaughters making documentary film about his Romani heritage
- Alexander Soros: We celebrate the identity, self-determination and unity of Roma, Open Society Foundations will always support them