Thursday, January 10, 2013

Fashion in Film: From Bohemian Retro to Barrandov Studios

By Olivia Maria Hărşan

There are many enchanting places in Prague and two of these places are the legendary Barrandov Studios and a cute little vintage boutique called Bohemian Retro. During my European adventure last year, I paid a visit to the well-known shop and invested in some much sought after jewels made of Bohemian glass quality. Upon your entrance into the shop, you will immediately experience a cosy and exciting atmosphere. Columns of glass beads occupy the walls and exquisite coats are to be found in every nook and cranny alongside an array of sparkly gowns. But don't fret, prices are affordable and there is no pretension in site - only fun dress up times guaranteed!

The owner, Rebecca Eastwood, who is originally from England, has combined London's vintage tradition with the strange and wonderful trends of 1960s Czechoslovakia. As of late, Bohemian Retro has acquired quite a lot of attention from fashion and culture zines - Rebecca is set to appear in a Marie Claire vintage shoot. And certainly deserves to - how many shop owners do you see putting on a fashion show in the middle of a busy street. Not only this but Rebecca is also a musician in various rock/alternative bands - how cool is that!

My adopted treasure. 5-strand Czech glass beaded necklace 
bought from Bohemian Retro, Prague.

So what does all of the above have to do with Barrandov Studios? Apparently a lot of their costumes are hired and/or purchased for productions that are filmed there. One of the largest film studios in Europe, Barrandov has been host to a variety of films since 1921, some Academy Award winning. Today it is predominantly used for the filming of television shows and commercials whereupon  audience members are rewarded with delicious alcoholic beverages - oh Prague how I miss you.

The costume archives at Barrandov Studios.
Photo derived from Barrandov Studios website.