Society for Textile and Fashion Design (SOTO)
|SOTO, Društvo za sodobno oblikovanje tekstilij in oblačil|
|Hacquetova 16, SI-1000 Ljubljana|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 437 4102|
|Sanja Grcić, President|
|Phone||386 (0) 41 288 782|
|Neli Štrukelj, Public Relations|
|Phone||386 (0) 40 367 686|
SOTO's first major project was the travelling exhibition called Any Sharp Objects?. A joint venture by 19 Slovene textile and fashion designers, it was shown in Arnheim and Zoetermeer (NL), Luxembourg (LU), Chicago and New York (US), Ljubljana (SI), Sarajevo (BA), Berlin (DE), Helsinki (FI) and Athens (GR) between 2005–2007. The name and concept of the project were based on the question asked by airport officials when checking one's hand luggage. Accordingly, the exhibition presented bags and cases that elaborated on this theme. SOTO accompanied the exhibition with a catalogue calledAny Sharp Objects? and collaborated on a same-titled TV show, done by RTV Slovenia. The whole enterprise was co-produced by the Projekt Atol Institute.
In 2007 SOTO conceived Family Ties, a display that merged contemporary fashion trends with the rich national clothing tradition of Slovenia. Shown at the International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Family Ties featured almost one hundred of the most notable Slovenian clothes and accessory designers, shoemakers, and other craftsman.
In 2010, SOTO (together with the Biennial of Design (BIO)) organised an exhibition called Direction South-Southeast. A heterogeneous selection of some of the best fashion designers from the Southern and Eastern Europe was invited to present their work. Two awards were also bestowed, the main one going to the Croatian fashion initiative I-GLE. In 2012, this project was upgraded with a series of monthly residencies for designers from this same region.
Made in Slovenija is yet another project that went abroad. Some of the best Slovene clothes, accessories and textile designers were participating, namely Almira Sadar, Nataša Peršuh, Neli Štrukelj, Arijana Gadžijev, Petja Zorec, Urška Draž, Tomaž Draž and Sanja Grcić. The guiding principle was that of dismantling and reconstructing clothes and designs from the past (Idrija lace being a prominent example) with a contemporary touch. In 2015 the exhibition was hosted in Prague (CZ), Vienna (AT) and Ljubljana (SI).
The association was the winner of the Trend Award for fashion design in 2005, the international K&O Award at the Design Assembly 2010 in Graz (AT) and the Elle Style Awards 2016 by Škoda.
- Biennial of Design (BIO)
- Projekt Atol Institute
- Month of Design
- Department of Textiles, University of Ljubljana