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Miuccia Prada has always excelled at blending fashion, culture and architecture into a high art hybrid. Season after season, Prada makes the industry question its conventions of taste, beauty and sexuality – and, of course, leaves other brands playing catch-up in its wake.
Now, Prada has unveiled the Pradasphere, its eagerly-awaited collaboration with Harrods. The month-long exhibition traces Prada through its history, from its heritage roots as a leather goods business to its current incarnation as a $5 billion design brand.
Prada’s most memorable runway looks and iconic pieces are resurrected from the archive and placed in glass vitrines not unlike those containing rare and exotic specimens at the Natural History Museum. Each showcase explores six central obsessions in Miuccia’s work, including animality (big, shaggy furs and snakeskin), figuration (prints) and femasculinity (gender-bending fun and androgyny).
This being Harrods, there will naturally be things to purchase, too, including an exclusive line of mens and women’s leather accessories including bags, accessories and footwear. A screening room will show short films made in collaboration with Wes Anderson, Ridley Scott and Roman Polanski.
You can watch Wes Anderson's collab, Candy, starring Lea Seydoux, below:
The Pradasphere is open at Harrods until the end of May.
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