Iva Pfeiffer and Czech ice-hockey legend Patrik Eliás joined forces on Czech Heritage Night (February 25) to celebrate their Czech heritage and raise money for UNICEF. During a night characterised by goodwill and generosity, guests gathered in New York’s Bohemian National Hall at the Czech Center to immerse themselves in Czech-inspired culture—and to participate in a fund-raising auction.

Iva proudly donated this stunning one-off organza gown she designed as part of her new collection entitled Belonging, which premiered at the same event. The gown, aptly named Meandering, features segments of intricately-decorated and hand-stitched French lace that evoke the whimsical meandering of nature.

The hand-stitching of the silver-grey and cream French lace was a labour of love, comprising 400 hours of work meticulously undertaken by Iva herself and four of her talented artisans. Made in Melbourne, Australia, the off-white organza dress, shown with a matching silk-satin slip, also features a short circular train, delicate covered buttons on the back, and a soft folded neck. An ideal and utterly unique wedding or special-event gown, Meandering is inspired by Iva’s fascination of 1920s Orientalism, and incorporates contemporary techniques that emphasise the movement and strength of the female body. 

Meandering by Iva Pfeiffer Creations

Renowned Czech ice-hockey legend and UNICEF good-will ambassador, Patrik Eliás also gave generously, donating one of his jerseys and one of his hockey sticks to the auction. Watch a fascinating interview with Patrik, where he talks about his hockey career and his support of UNICEF.

The auctions of these exceptional items raised $12,000 for UNICEF, and both Patrik and Iva are immensely proud of their contributions to making the world a better place for children.

Many thanks to the Czech Center for their wonderful ongoing support of Iva’s work – and also to the 250 guests who attended what was a truly memorable night.