Prague Shopping Center Decks Halls with Retro Christmas

Haven’t taken your family Christmas portrait yet? Head over to Kotva for a retro-styled holiday photo shoot

Prague communist-era shopping institution Kotva, a five-floor department store built in 1970 in the brutalist architectural style, has had a busy year reminding people that it’s just as relevant as ever.

In 2016, its parking garage hosted the September Mercedes Benz Prague Fashion Week; Czech Design Week was held here in November.

This year also saw several high-profile openings within the building’s iconic intertwined hexagons including a Prim watch flagship, BIBLOO concept store, and Zetko, a cafe equipped with Xbox consoles.

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Just in case all of that is not enough to get you in the door, perhaps a new exhibit showcasing more than sixty photographs of the holiday season at Kotva from the 70s and 80s will.

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In addition to the photos, twenty strategically placed mannequins sporting winterwear straight out of a Wham Christmas video will add to the throwback atmosphere.

Each Sunday in December from 14:00-18:00 customers can try on similar styles of the Soviet-era and pose for a photo for the retro Christmas photo competition (props are on loan from Barrandov Studio). 

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Still need more convincing to open your wallet at Kotva? A 5,000 CZK purchase will get you a free Christmas carp.  

The installation was put together by the Dancing House Gallery which recently closed its wildly successful Retro 70s and 80s exhibit.

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