The most important thing is freedom
Ivana Follová, née Hymanová, was born on October 7, 1955 in Prague. The father worked as a mechanical engineer, the mother as a social worker. Grandparents on both sides came from wealthier families, and both families lost all their property after the communist coup in 1948. What little they had left was devalued by the currency reform in 1953. Ivana Follová’s father was the creator of several patents in his field. As a staunch anti-communist, he could never hold leadership positions. Due to a bad personnel review, Ivana was forced to study only a two-year extension at the School Institute of Artistic Creation after high school, the regime did not allow her classical university studies. She has devoted her whole life to fashion design, and her clients include well-known figures of contemporary Czech cultural life. With her now deceased husband PhDr. Jan Foll, a journalist and later dramaturg of Czech Television, was actively involved in the support of dissident groups during normalization, e.g. in the distribution of banned books, copying of samizdat and dissemination of the manifesto Several Sentences. She and her husband were both friends of Olga and Václav Havel. In 2022, she lived in Prague.