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The Fashion House of Arnoštka Roubíčková 1919-1943) From its establishment in 1909, the fashion house operated by Arnoštka Roubíčková was one of the most prominent dress-making salons in Prague. It was at the height of its fame in the 1920s, in the period of the Art Deco style, but maintained its high standards and excellent reputation until its closure during the Nazi occupation. The study authored by art historian Eva Uchalová is based on material obtained from Czech archives, period press and personal recollections of a contemporary witnesses. The book is accompanied by rich visual documentation of the salon’s output in the form of photographs of garments and dress sketches and drawings, published in magazines of the time, as well as selected outfits preserved the UPM’s clothing and fashion collection. The second part of the book comprises the reminiscences of Helena Mautnerová, the older daughter of Arnoštka Roubíčková, published by her children Nelly Urbach and Willy Mautner in Washington, D.C. in 1996. Even though her memories were recorded long after the events of Helena’s dramatic life, they provide a lively account of life in multicultural Prague at the time of its greatest social and cultural prosperity, the expansion of the fashion house, and the life and work of the Czech émigré in the United States. The combination of the two parts of this book offers readers a unique glimpse into the life of this Prague Jewish family and a deeper insight into the history of Prague’s high-end fashion production.
Antonín Kybal) This is the first comprehensive monograph on Antonín Kybal (1901–1971), a distinguished personality of Czech textile design and production of the 20th century. The main text authored by Lucie Vlčková deals with Kybal’s professional pursuits in the perspective of art and design of his day, and in the context of his personal life. In fourteen thematic chapters, the author discusses the individual stages of his career, from his artistic beginnings as painter, via his shift towards textile design and the establishment of his own studio and workshops, to the circumstances of Kybal’s adaptation to the post-war situation and his re-emergence as an innovative textile designer. An independent section, written by Markéta Vinglerová, is devoted to Antonín Kybal as a teacher and educator at the Academy of Applied Arts and the so-called Kybal School. The book’s accompanying illustrations present what are mostly yet-unpublished works, preserved in private collections and state institutions (Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, Moravian Gallery in Brno, Olomouc Museum of Art, and other holdings), which are complemented by valuable visual records of interiors and wares of his times, as well as personal photographs.