Prada Spring/Summer 2021: One Collection, Multiple Views

Prada Spring/Summer 2021: One Collection, Multiple Views

Prada Spring/Summer 2021: One Collection, Multiple Views

“The show that never happened.”

“The show that never happened.”

Text: Valerie Stepanova

Five chapters, five creative, five interpretations of the Prada man and woman. For the appropriately titled Prada Multiple Views SS21 project. the Italian fashion house invited five prominent image-makers and artists to offer their own look on the Spring 2021 collection. Terence Nance, Joanna Piotrowska, Martine Syms, Juergen Teller and Willy Vanderperre have each lensed the range and brought it to life as much as it was possible in a lockdown-ridden world. And rest assured — this is one of the best digital presentations we have seen so far.

The five-chapter show was created under the premise of embracing and celebrating the multiplicity of opinions, observations and physical and ideological vantage points. “When people cannot commune, we can establish a different type of community, united through ideas, goals, beliefs,” as per the show’s press notes. Each film places all of the attention and emphasis on clothing — simple, with a use and value, longevity and a place within people’s lives. “As times become increasingly complex, clothes become straightforward, unostentatious, machines for living and tools for action and activity.”

This is the last collection that the designer Miuccia Prada is doing for the house on her own, before being joined by the Belgian designer Raf Simons this September. It is largely an examination of the quintessence of Prada and its meaning — how do we wear the clothing? Where? Why? In a captivating combination of sportswear and formality, of classicism and futurism, these garments are here to serve as paradoxes, situated in multiple worlds and captured through a kaleidoscopic lens of Prada and its creatives. Placing technologically innovative textiles like Prada nylon and stretch materials in juxtaposition with traditional suiting for men and haute couture-inspired shapes for women, the collection simultaneously speaks of sportswear and formality, of classicism and futurism, the traditional and the contemporary.

This is the house Prada — seen with multiple views.

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