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Blanka Matragi

Inspiration

Czech first name Blanka and exotic surname Matragi maps two worlds, between which fashion designer Blanka Matragi moves: the Czech Republic and Lebanon, where she’s living and working for twenty five years. Among the books on art celebrity autobiography Blanka Matragi is unique as the first biography of Czech fashion designer. Over twenty years she designs her models for selected members of high society in the countries of the Persian Gulf, and recently also for the exceptional clientele living in the country. With customers from the royal families, as the only foreigner and European, she’s getting into an exclusive, completely closed to the public world of local palaces.

The decision to write an autobiography with Blanka Matragi resolve long live more in the present and the future than the past. Thirteen chapters of her story changes fast cuts his “wings”: from native Svetla nad Sazavou, through the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, to the years in Lebanon, where she left behind her husband Makram. The author vividly depicts the harsh years of Lebanon war, during which she courageously opened her salon Haute Couture in the center of Beirut, the success with the local demanding clientele, contacts beginning with the Persian Gulf and her entry into the first royal palace. The book, full of original attitudes, opinions and reflections, entire picture of Blanka Matragi’s life − very dynamic, ambitious girl who likes going beyond traditional principles and incredible creativity proves that what in the world of fine arts (where she ranks her profession herself) “counts” is an idea, a feeling for material and fully paid work. Only love for Haute Couture and to perfect trade can “tame” element named Blanka Matragi. And we could say the same about her second lifetime love − glassmaking.

Blanka Matragi not hiding anything, letting the reader discover her privacy: she remains quirky and confident in every expression… No matter if she talks about what she loves and hates, or presents er views on faith, profession and life of the woman in the Middle East. Chapters about exotic palaces, about the life of local sheikh and extravagantly conceived grand weddings are full of psychologically astute observations − and that is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the entire autobiography. There is also a substantial passage devoted to design work processes, as general public expects from the respected writer. Narrative line, observations and reflections are illustrated by rich collection of photographs from her professional and private life, many of these are published for the first time. The book was created during the year both in Prague and authentic Beirut in collaboration with journalist Michaela Zindelova, who focuses on celebrity profiles of Czech culture and lifestyle. Although she’s written over a dozen titles, she considers cooperation with Blanka Matragi as her toughest challenge yet.

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Work80S AND 90S WORK

Blanka Haute Couture house has created the most exclusive made-to-order dresses for her customers being often sheiks and wives of oil barons in Persian Gulf. We would like to offer you a look on at least a few models selected from hundreds that were already created by Blanka Matragi during her career.

Awards

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2000

In 2000, she became an honorary citizen of Světlá nad Sázavou 

2002

European prize for Fine Arts

From the European Union of Arts

2002

International Prize of Salvator Dalí

for Fine Arts by Alliance Salvator Dalí International 

2002

National Prize František Kupka 2022

for Fashion Design by the Union of Czech Graphic's Artists

2003

Distinguished Czech woman of the world

 

2007

Prize of Czech bestseller 2006 for her book

for 35,000 copies of the autobiography "Blanka Matragi" sold
2008

The prize "LADY PRO"

by European Comittee of Culture

2014

The prize "Gratias Agit"

from the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Timeline

1968

1968

Zahájení studia na Střední odborné škole sklářská Světla nad Sázavou

1971

1971

Přestup na střední umělěcko - průmyslovou školu sklářskou Železný Brod

1974

1974

Zahájení studia na Vysoké škole uměleckoprůmyslové v praze (VŠUP) obor Oděvní výtvarnictví

1976

1976

Vítězství v celostátní soutěži Mlady oděvní tvůrce / vzniká logo “Blanka”, které návrhářka používá dodnes.

1978

1978

Vznik a prezentace námětové kolekce pro letní olympiádu v Moskvě 1980 22. prosince

1979

1979

Uzavření sňatku s Dr. Ing. Makramem Matragi, CSc.

1980

1980

Úspěšné zakončení studia na VŠUP, titul akademická malířka / odchod s manželem do libanonského Bejrútu

1982

1982

Otevření vlastního módní salonu Blanka Haute Couture na třídě Hamra

1987

1987

Vítězství v celosvětovém konkurzu na návrh uniforem pro policejní sbor v Abú Dhabí

1997

1997

Módní přehlídka v Praze k oslavě 15. výročí vlastní tvorby

1999

1999

Návrh kolekce užitkového a dekorativního skla Crystal Line pro sklárny v Kamenickém Šenově

2000

2000

Získání čestného občanství ve Světlé nad Sázavou

2002

Leden 2002

Módní přehlídka v Praze k oslavě 20. výročí vlastní tvorby

2002

Duben 2002

Obdržení Evropské ceny za uměleckou a kulturní činnost

2002

Srpen 2002

Obdržení Mezinárodní ceny Salvadora Dalího a ceny Františka Kupky ‘2002

2003

Říjen 2003

Ocenění Významná česká žena ve světě

2006

Březen 2006

Vydání autobiografie Blanka Matragi

2006

Září 2006

Módní přehlídka a retrospektivní výstava v Praze k oslavě 25. výročí vlastní tvorby

2008

2008

Ocenění Lady Pro

2010

Březen 2010

Představení kolekce koupelnových předložek MATRAGI pro firmu Grund

2010

Září 2010

Představení kolekce šperků pro firmu D.I.C.

2010

Listopad 2010

Představení kolekce porcelánu Butterfly pro firmu Thun

2011

Září 2011

Vydání autobiografie Jedu dál

2011

Říjen 2011

Módní přehlídka a dlouhodobá retrospektivní výstava v Praze k oslavě 30. výročí vlastní tvorby

2011

Říjen 2011

Otevření prvního autorského butiku v pražském Obecním domě / představení první kolekce Ready-to-Wear

2012

Duben 2012

Účast na VII. ročníku sympozia SMALT ART VÍTKOVICE

2012

Říjen 2012

Účast na XI. mezinárodním sklářském sympoziu (IGS) v Novém Boru

2014

Únor 2014

Velká charitativní Galapřehlídka ve spolupráci s Central Group ‘Returne of the Phoenix’

2014

Červen 2014

Blanka Matragi přijala od Ministra zahraničních věcí cenu “GRATIAS AGIT“

2014

Září 2014

Slavnostně zahájena stálá expozice sedmi velkých skleněných skluptur v parku u Zámečku v Petrovicích – Karviná.

2015

Listopad 2015

Hlavní porotce soutěže “Beirut Young Fashion Designers Compitition” pro mladé módní návrháře v Libanonu, kde předvedla svou kolekci “Universe”.

2016

Duben 2016

Hlavní porotce soutěže “Česká Miss 2016”, včetně zajištění večerních šatů pro finalistky.

2016

Květen 2016

Čestný host na konferenci “Lebanese Diaspora Energy 2016” v Beirutu, kde Blanka přednesla projev a uvedla svou kolekci “Phoenix” pro 1000 VIP osobností z celého světa.

2016

Listopad 2016

Blanka Matragi pořádá v Obecním domě v Praze gala módní přehlídku “ELEMENTS” k 35. výročí její tvorby.

2018-2020

2018-2020

Životní výstava “TIMELESS” v Obecním domě v Praze je prodloužena do konce roku 2020.

Exhibitions

Blanka Matragi decided to celebrate her 25th anniversary of her fashion house like the other designers do – she prepared a retrospective exhibition that would present selection of her previous work. However, this task was not easy − not only because coordination of the entire project was mainly directed from Lebanon (where was raging civil war at that moment) but also because many of the models were presented at a fashion show that was preceding just two days before the grand opening. The exhibition was held in the Municipal House from 24th September to 15th October 2006 (exactly three weeks) and during this period, it was seen by record 82,000 visitors. This number ranked the exhibition among the most successful cultural event of the year. At the exhibition, in addition to luxury models, photographs, sketches and samples of embroidery, visitors could see a monumental crystal chandelier exclusively designed by Blanka in cooperation with Preciosa company.

 

Studio matragi design

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Blanka Matragi doesn’t only design her magnificent dresses for more than thirty years, she also cooperates with industrial design companies. She’s got countless experiences all around the world during her career so in 2011, she decided to open a Prague studio “Matragi Design” which would let her share her experiences with young and creative people.

The studio covers designer’s creative activities and it also connects Blanka with her potential costumers or companies who are looking for exceptional design or innovative approach. The designer all together with her team can create everything from small promotional goods such as ties and scarves, high quality kitchenware for everyday use to global creative campaigns for international automobile factories.

The studio also accepts order for specific interiors and exterior design objects on a daily basis. So if you are looking for unique design for your house, flat or office, we are ready to create anything from the first sketch to a final product for you! You can send your orders or offers at banka@blanka.com or at Matragi Design, s.r.o., U Prasne brany 2, 110 00 Prague 1.

We’re looking forward to cooperating with you!