Born into communist Czechoslovakia, I did not know how does it feel to flick through the Vogue magazine. I did not have the options to go shopping to the mall or vintage stores. There was very limited choice of garments. No options to be unique or innovative. Everyone looked the same. Everyone was wearing very similar ensembles. This conformity and uniformity was the jailer of peoples‘ fashion freedom and the true enemy of growth. Only a few people dared to be different. Luckily, my mother was one of them. Back then she made most of my clothes by sawing or painting on fabrics. Through her creations, I could feel like a princess dressed in beautiful dresses.
As time went on, fall of communism occurred. Suddenly people could travel into foreign countries and buy those colorful and eccentric clothes. They could discover endless options of clothes and styles, however, not many of them did. This uniformity was actually somehow convenient for them. During the communism era they behaved according to socially acceptable standards for too long and it really changed their thinking. And even afterward, their minds were still too conformed.
In my teen age, I got bored by ordinary things and dull clothes. All I wanted was to pull the rug out from under the establishment. I wanted to dress quirky, bizarre, extravagant, bold and unique. I was looking for unconventional use of clothes and wanted to bring something new and fresh. And as I liberated from the standards, I found that my presence automatically liberated others.
So what makes someone the STYLISH SOLE these days? I think the key is to follow your visions and stay true to yourself. Keep walking tall and be confident in what you wear. Leave your comfort zone and try to push the envelope. Be innovative, playful and inspire others! And have fun with fashion! That’s what I’m trying to do.
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