FASHION STYLIST, DESIGNER
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
now based in
is known for her 1920’s to the 1950’s historic classic
work is very in-depth.
This extraordinary young designer really puts her
soul into creating and designing exquisite work.
By looking at her work you can definitely tell
that she eats and breaths fashion, working hard and does
Her gift is truly one of a kind.
Lenka Padysakova has such knowledge of different
history of historic periods of art, she is a unique
individual known like no other I’ve known.
I had the pleasure to interview her and she was
very delighted and gracious to answer.
Tell me what a typical day is like for you?
hmm, typical day...such a thing does not exist for me.
Every day is very different and always brings new
things and surprises. But
what is maybe typical about it is the fact that my day
has usually around 16 hours of hard work.
And that is no
matter if it’s Monday, Sunday or Bank Holiday.
In detail, what
is the process for you when you are preparing for a
Depends what photo-shoot it is.
But there are lots of meetings with photographers
involved before and lots and lots of research.
I come with an idea of a shoot I have in my mind.
This needs to be explained to the photographer.
I have always
lots of visual materials, sketches and few options for
locations. I ask
photographer to bring his ideas to the shoot as well.
I have to choose
the right models, make-up and hair stylists (or I do
hair and make-up myself).
On the actual day of shooting it is important
that everyone knows what they are doing.
Everyone involved needs to have enough time to do
their own part of the job and just having a good time.
While I am looking after the models, getting them
dressed, photographer is setting up and doing test
shoots. If the
lighting is very complicated or difficult, test shoots
are done some day before the actual shooting day.
It’s a very long day, very intense, but if the
preparation was done properly everything is enjoyable
I read that you have always been interested in fashion,
piano, and art.
What brought on this passion of yours?
It all started with me playing the piano from an early
age. It was like
another world for me compared to the real one.
I was studying a
history of music, biography of composers...I spent
almost every afternoon at the music school.
I attended lots
of concerts and competitions...My teacher (first few
years was his wife teaching me before him) was my best
wasn't like going to a lesson, but like meeting a friend
and talk about everything.
But I was always playing with clothes, dressing
my Barbie dolls as well.
I don't really know where it all came from.
It must have
been somewhere deep inside me since I was born because
there was nothing else I ever wanted to do in my life
except music and clothes.
I just love so
much to be lost in a galleries, listening to a classical
concerts, musicals or fashion shows...I actually teach
piano at this moment as well.
You were born in
the 80's, how is it that a young person like yourself
became so intrigued by the history of art?
I probably was born in a wrong era (smiles).
I have been described even in a primary school as
a girl with an old-fashion romantic soul.
I was told that
I am living in my own made-up world, which is true.
I saw your work I didn't just see pretty clothing, I saw
art. Would you
agree, if so explain why?
Yes, I totally agree.
I am a creative human being who is not satisfied
with doing only pretty clothes.
I want to do designs which ones will bring on
your hidden personality, to make you feel like you are
special, or a hero from a theatrical play.
special and the only one on this world.
You have to know that and feel that.
Photographer: Jon Gee
Lenka Padysakova -
How long does it
take you to come up with a concept, and what inspires
you to do so?
I can’t push
myself into that and it will come itself.
It always did.
Sometimes it takes longer; sometimes I have many
concepts just in one day. Everything and everyone is
inspiring. I am
always hungry for new exciting things, new people to
meet, and new stories to hear.
Would you say
that by attending London College of Fashion, that having
the knowledge of the history of art influence you so
much that it manifests in your work as a fashion
of Fashion gave me "a different point of view" on
learned more about the business and commercial side of
Yes, I developed as a fashion stylist as well, which is
great. But even
though, it didn't change my style.
I would say my "handwriting" became even
stronger. I did
actually a BA course just in 2 years instead of three.
I was accepted
straight away to the second year because my portfolio
was already strong enough to do so.
are also a Fashion Designer.
I read that you
have launched your own brand?
Can you tell us in detail about your brand?
brand is my little baby carrying my full name.
It’s a total
reflection of me. For
my own collections I just let everything go out straight
from my heart. When I am creating a new collection it’s
like being on another planet.
My mind is flying around and catching all
information for making mood boards.
Then it comes to
the point of making drawings, patterns, samples,
fittings...I am doing everything by myself.
Until the last
fitting it is still creative and developing work which I
enjoy so much. My designs are influenced by history of
art, fashion and music... but I am bringing into that
contemporary details and colours. All items are very
feminine, glamorous but with certain power what gives to
the women wearing them a brilliant feeling about being
If you do not mind, can you enlighten us about the
Don’t tell me that you are an actress as well, for short
The "film still" from a short
video BLACK BEAST where I did play, did make-up, and
hair. Well, the
Director of this very short, I would say video clip
(there is music only, no words and it has around 4
minutes) Bet Orten asked me to work on her project. She
came to me saying that she has got this idea about a
girl who is digging her own grave. She loves my style
and she said to me that I am her
and she wanted me to play in this video but also she
wanted me to make my hair and make-up the way how I am
doing it. She
wanted some huge black dress to make as well. I did few
designs as I was very excited about this project. She
has chosen her favorite so I just made all by myself and
have been myself in this video too.
It was great fun, but freezing cold! (smiles) The
photo is made by her- Bet Orten.
Music Video Director:
Bet Orten Fashion
Designer/Stylist: Lenka Padysakova
you basically do it all; design, styling, makeup, hair,
and short music videos.
How do you balance and manage it all?
It’s a tough job.
But I can manage it very easily because I love
what I do. And it’s my life rather than work.
In this case I wake up every day with a smile on
my face and looking forward what another day will bring
With all of
this, where do you see yourself in the future?
Everything in my life is moving so quickly that I never
know what will happen tomorrow.
I know what my passion is.
I want to keep
creating my designs, to be happy and make other people
happy by wearing my clothes.
I would like to
see more and more people wearing my items.
How far I will
get and where in the world will "the wind" brings me I
have no idea. I
leave it all on the destiny...
Interview by Rochell “E” James