It’s testament to the allure of Miuccia Prada’s design genius that the city’s fashion cadre managed to brave the gridlocked roads and tube strikes to attend the preview of Harrods’ #Pradasphere exhibition this morning. And we certainly weren’t disappointed.
An inclusive retrospective of Prada’s work, the exhibit comprises a large room of glass cabinets filled with the catwalk ensembles of your fashion dreams. Along one of the room’s walls further cabinets labeled, ‘specimens’ are stacked with accessories from Mrs Prada’s careers while a small ante room acts as a cinema, screening collaborative film efforts with directors including Wes Anderson, Ridley Scott and Roman Polanski.
The exhibition also comes complete with a chic café and shop stocked with Autumn Winter 2014 collection pieces – offering exhibit goers the chance to buy weeks before the collection has dropped elsewhere.
But it’s the archival pieces that are sure to stupefy – seeing everything all together arranged in hue order is unbelievably impressive. As is the wall of walking girls at the rear of the exhibition – models cut outs from each Prada catwalk and rearranged again in colour order.
Also mesmerizing are the embellishment details on display in the ‘Construction’ cases. From heavy crystal beadwork to seamless joins between linen and latex, as the designer/curator of the show Michael Rock explained, ‘you can have great ideas in fashion, but it’s all about execution.’
If you want the full Prada experience make your way to Harrods Fourth Floor to catch the exhibition yourself from tomorrow! Get more information on www.harrods.com