Textile and Fashion Department

“We are discovering material, its characteristics and effect in terms of forms and colours, weaving and mutual combinations. We are working towards designing purposeful elements  of garments for a living.”  

František Malý

Since 1929 František Malý led the Textile Drawing Course at the School, he was a graduate of the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague. A year later, the School established the Textile Art Department where Malý taught Drawing for Textile Works. In the 1931/1932 school year, Malý’s Department transformed into a broader Fashion and Textile Department where mostly studied dressmakers, embroiderers, weavers and upholsterers, modistes from various garment factories, but also employees of companies pursuing home furnishings. The main programme was discovering material, its characteristics as regards colour and form, weaving and mutual combinations. The result was a purposeful product simple in its shape. The Department's primary ambition was to interconnect students with practice. Malý, who along with his pedagogical activity, also worked since 1933 in the studios of the Detva company, provided to his students several interesting realisations in the Workshops. As the Head of the Department, František Malý taught Workshop Work and Expert Drawing and Designing. A significant pedagogic method of the School was mechanised drawing — a practical approach using montage, collage techniques, working with templates, mock-ups, stamps, or various screened bases. Mikuláš Galanda taught Fashion Drawing. The Textile and Fashion Department had the highest number of applicants; it exceeded the number of students in other departments.

Zuzana Šidlíková



“We are discovering material, its characteristics and effect in terms of forms and colours, weaving and mutual combinations. We are working towards designing purposeful elements  of garments for a living.”  

František Malý

Since 1929 František Malý led the Textile Drawing Course at the School, he was a graduate of the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague. A year later, the School established the Textile Art Department where Malý taught Drawing for Textile Works. In the 1931/1932 school year, Malý’s Department transformed into a broader Fashion and Textile Department where mostly studied dressmakers, embroiderers, weavers and upholsterers, modistes from various garment factories, but also employees of companies pursuing home furnishings. The main programme was discovering material, its characteristics as regards colour and form, weaving and mutual combinations. The result was a purposeful product simple in its shape. The Department's primary ambition was to interconnect students with practice. Malý, who along with his pedagogical activity, also worked since 1933 in the studios of the Detva company, provided to his students several interesting realisations in the Workshops. As the Head of the Department, František Malý taught Workshop Work and Expert Drawing and Designing. A significant pedagogic method ...

Exercise on measuring colours. Sample from J. Vydra’s course in Bratislava

Exercise on measuring...

Pupils of the Textile Department

Pupils of the Textile Department

English tablecloth. Work from the Fashion and Textile Department under the tutorship of F. Malý

English tablecloth. Work...