Theodor Pištěk (costume designer)

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Theodor Pištěk in 2012.
Theodor Pištěk, Ecce Homo, oil on canvas 1983

Theodor Pištěk (born 25 October 1932 in Prague) is a Czech artist known for creating photo-realistic drawings and paintings, movie costumes and decorations. He won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for the film Amadeus, and received an Academy Award nomination in the same category for the film Valmont.[1]

He is the son of actor Theodor Pištěk and Marie Ženíšková. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague as a pupil of Vratislav Nejezchleba. In 1967, he designed the art concept for the pavilion Člověk a jeho svět (Man and his World) at the Expo Montreal.[2] In the 1970s, after he left the career of a car racer, he focused more on painting and art installation.

He participated in around 105 films, his works were exhibited at dozens of exhibitions around the world. In the 1970s, Pištěk created cartoons for the children's magazine Ohníček. He is the creator of the Prague Castle Guard uniforms.[3]


Czech guards outside Prague Castle. Uniforms designed by Theodor Pištěk.

Film costume design


  1. ^ "Theodor Pištěk". Smetanova Litomyšl. Smetanova výtvarná Litomyšl. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Theodor Pištěk" (in Czech). Švandovo divadlo na Smíchově. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 1 February 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ Baker, Mark (2010). Frommer's Prague & the Best of the Czech Republic. Frommer's. p. 158. ISBN 978-0-470-53772-5.