Iva Pfeiffer and Australia for UNHCR Fashion Charity Auction
Monday 27th June, 6pm at Chauvel Cinema, 249 Oxford Street Paddington.
Please join us for a drink and help Iva support this highly important cause. Tickets for the event are free, if you wish you can make a donation or place a bid at the auction.
All proceeds will benefit the UNHCR Emergency Response Program
Iva Pfeiffer- Designer Profile
Iva Pfeiffer is an up and coming fashion designer who has a strong passion for design and art and believes that they have the power to change peoples’ perspectives and achieve good in the world.
Iva’s work has a truly global perspective. She first developed her skill as a tailor in her home country in the Czech Republic. Later, Iva studied the traditional Japanese craft of kimono-making in a small Japanese coastal town called Kochi. During her time studying in Sydney at Raffles College, she was chosen to undertake a master class for the Art of Fashion Foundation in Paris, where she developed French haute couture techniques and styles. Iva was one of a select group who had their work exhibited in the Louvre. Iva has also studied fashion on exchange in Shanghai, China. Most recently, Iva produced a stunning collection on the theme of resort wear for the Australian Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, which was inspired by the West’s fascination and preoccupation with ‘orientalism’ during the 1920s. This represents one of her two collections on auction.
Iva is highly capable in constructing original and innovative garments, using advanced pattern making, drapery, couture techniques and embroidery. Her ambition is to explore new ways of wearable art and challenge her expectations and attitudes towards fashion and art. Iva is committed to environmentally and socially responsible practices, aiming to use and re-use textiles from local primary producers and manufacturers that abide by internationally recognised fair trade codes and ecologically sustainable conditions.
Collection 1: Refugee collection: “Revolution, Adaptation, Resolution”
In 2011, Iva met Mori, an Iraqi-born Australian who arrived to Australia by boat during the years of the Second Iraq War which saw Australia commit thousands of soldiers to under the Howard Government. She contacted Mori after hearing his story when he featured on an episode of SBS’ “Living With the Enemy” documentary television series. Iva was incredibly moved by his story and by the experiences of all refugees and asylum seekers who are forced to flee their countries and make the perilous journey to find safety and a better life. She was inspired to put her talents in fashion design to use to express the experiences of refugees, producing a collection that became her major work in her final year of study at Raffles College.
Collection 2: The 2016 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – Resort Wear Collection
Iva Pfeiffer’s first MBFWA collection is truly unique. Her designs are inspired by 1920s Orientalism, Korean traditional patchwork, and artists such as Sonia Delaunay and Paul Klee. Her garments feature layers of transparent organza, silk and her own unique patchwork. Iva is very focused on ethically-developed fashion, and her goal is to create a collection that embodies both social responsibility and eco-friendly style.