Adele Frank is known to the public as a fashion and applied art designer, by fashion shows held in big European cities as Paris, London, Budapest or Moscow and in her hometown Pécs. The more than 30 events in Embassies, noted Galleries and Museums, starred actresses and drag queens, balancing between Chic and Shock, between Prestige and Provocation.
The Hungarian Patent Office registered the clothes as a trade-mark. The Board of Applied Arts declared them to be applied art products – a collection of pieces meeting highest standards of art and workmanship.
The two clothing lines – the Adele Frank and the Radical – are showcased year after year in such art related places as the V.A.M. Design Budapest, the Sziget Festival, the Aulich Art Gallery, the Danube Palace, and in Pécs including the Csontváry Museum, the House of Arts, the POTE Assembly Hall, the Nádor Gallery, the Nick Art & Gallery, the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, the Kodály Centre and the National Theatre. In 2007 the Museum of Ethnography Baranya brought an entire Adele Frank collection as a part of a contemporary exhibit. Adele Frank was also honored with the prestigious Victor Vasarely Art Award in 2014.
In June 2008 at the Aulich Art Gallery, in September 2010 at the Nádor Gallery, and in 2014 at the Nick & Art Gallery, the designer’s paintings were also exhibited in addition to her collections.
Fashion Shows Abroad:
In February 2007, the desinger participated in the Pret a Porter Paris Exhibition, where besides her collection, she also presented an extravagant oil-textile-inflatable metal-paper-rubber woman sculpture installation called “Modern Venus”. Adele Frank’s oil canvases cover pieces from metal and enamel combined early abstract to figurative associative paintings.
In November 2008 the Hungarian Embassy in London held a fashion show for the first time, the show was opened by Ambassador Borbála Czakó. The showcased collection was inspired by the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. From the cul de Paris to the reform dresses, the heroic age of the Olympics and Picasso’s blue period. The designer didn’t shy away from putting together a special performance, besides the models hired in London Szilvia Balássy ballet artist also performed on the catwalk.
In September 2009, she participated in the Collection Premiere Moscow exhibition, and in November showcased her collection at the Hungarian Embassy in Moscow.
In Adele Frank’s collections we can distinguish three sources of inspiration:
First and foremost the historical references, which may appear in the form of a unique Baroque or Gothic sleeve, an imitation of a Stuart collar, a small and dense Renaissance button pattern, or an Art Nouveau element. These details can be divided according to seasons; each era is represented in its pure form. However they are focused in an eclectic way even within a single dress. The overall effect is always modern; the past is just a reference. For example in the London collection the cul de Paris of the end of 19th century was combined with a modern twist and pull technique.
The Second important inspiration is ethnical; the East mostly China influenced especially when it comes to choosing the fabrics but also present in motifs. The “East Meets West” collection portrays the combination of the influence of the Eastern culture, and the Western culture’s perception.
The third inspiration is music. The designer developed a strong bond with melodies during her studies of classical music. Her shows featured opera singers, piano tunes as musical bridges, and even modern musical tributes with her own singing.
The designer’s favorite materials are silk, muslin, shantung, taffeta, leather, and for the more extravagant pieces she likes to use vetex mounted paper, metal, or even wood inserts.
The designer’s media appearances include:
ELLE Magazine, Sikeres Nők Magazine, Bonton Magazine, BOSS Magazine, Tina Magazine, Ez a divat Magazine, Elegancia Forum, Audi Magazine, Délután Magazine, Next Magazine, Dunántúli Napló, RTL Klub Reggeli, Divatmorzsák, Találkozások Magazine, TV1 Trendhagyó, Mozaik, Naprakész, m2 Válaszd a tudást!, TV2 Jóreggelt, Magyarország!, TV2 Aktív, Duna Tv, Viva Tv, Juventus Radio, Kossuth Radio, Lánchíd Radio.