Monday, May 24, 2010

Prada S/S 2010 Women's Wear, Ready to Wear Collection

Again... this is a continuation of my little Prada phase!

What I find interesting about this year's Spring Summer collection is not only the reference to Paco Rabanne (as mentioned in previous post on Minimalism) but also the strong link towards tropical imagery, and also to marine life!
I love the use of colour and the beach imagery that Muccia Prada has translated visually onto the cloth through print. But, it is also important to note the over all look and stylistic appearance of the models and the final image. These photos and models seem to be transformed into tropical fish themselves! With big wet pink lips, glistening glass like dresses and futureistic dark neon suiting, do these models resemble the image of deep, almost prehistoric and alien like fish? I tend to think so. Especially when viewing the photo of the models in the dark shot with a blur of neon lighting.
And on a completely different note! I really just love the witty and cunning use of photo manipulation and collage in these works! Very Enjoyable!!!!

Have a look! (click on images for a larger quality)
I'd also love to hear what you all think of the photo Campaign as well!


Spring Summer 2010
Women's Wear, Ready to Wear Collection Campaign

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Prada Men's Wear S/S 2010 Campaign

Ok... So i've been doing a bit of study, little bit of (window) shopping and I've recently become INFATUATED by Prada!

Every element of the company is an inspiration goal for me right now. The intellectual consideration to design, fabrication and the overall integrity within each collection is so thoughtful. Also the control over their business image is equality matched with the same intellectual integrity as their creations.
I've recently been snooping through the Spring Summer collection shoots from the Prada web page, and the images for the Men's Wear is amazing.
I like the combination of the photographic image with the collage technique. It creates such a dynamic and exciting visual experience!
Here are my favorites!!! (click images to see enlarged quality)


Prada Men's Wear
Spring Summer 2010 Campaign

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Modern Movement

"When man tried to imitate walking he created the wheel, which does not resemble a leg."
-Guillaume Apollinaire

Balla, Giacomo
Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash
Oil on canvas
35 3/8 x 43 1/4 (89.9 x 109.9)
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Adventurous Dreaming

The other week, I have the most adventurous dream. It was so exciting! Me and a group of friends had to escape this jungle infested room through swinging vines, and plank walking all while the theme song for Indiana Jones was playing! So that morning I woke up inspired! I was going to dress in the style of an adventurer! A Professor by day.... Adverturous Archiologist by night!
hahah! I had Lots of fun!


Images From:

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sea-Side Dreaming

I came across this photo today, and just sighed! Wouldn't you just love to be the couple in this photo! It seems to be such a lovely moment, full of beautiful bathing suits, hats, turbans and the Beach!!! hahah!


Photo: Couple at Brighton Beach, New York, 1914.
Sourced: Costantino. M, Men's Fashion In The Twentieth Century, From Frock Coats to Intelligent Fibers.

Minimalism in Fashion

Hello Everyone!
Sorry for the belated post! Uni work seems to be so engrossing that I just kept on prelonging bloging! How sad!
So here is an exert from one of my essays which I have just been fanatically obsessed about! I'm Loving the realisation of Prada's link towards Minimalism and especially the 1960 designer Paco Rabanne!
Check It Ouuut!!


Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne

The similarities between the Minimalist concepts towards the unit can be seen when analysing the Prada 1998 Spring Summer collection. Prada’s Post-Modern reference to Paco Rabanne; through a focus on his controversial and revolutionary use of materials, is also highly evident. While not physically utilising the technique of linkage that Rabanne did, Muccia Prada implies it. Through the application of plastic panels embedded into the top, and appliquéd onto the skirt (Nie 2002), this illustrates a similar appearance to that of the white Rhodoïd rectangles linked together for a swimsuit by Rabanne. To analyze Prada’s reference to Rabanne further, it seems important to note the reference in cut, silhouette and colour, to that of Rabanne’s disposable paper dress of 1967. Both pieces follow an A-line silhouette, with and overall stark white coloring, and utilize the construction of pleating and reference to vertical lines.

Paco Rabanne


It is interesting to consider the 1980s and 1990s the height of the Post-Modern pastiche as references to multiple artistic styles was common. Prada’s connection with the movement of Minimalism and potentially, more importantly, Paco Rabanne; it is not surprising that her 1990s collections reference these artistic drives. What is interesting is, that Minimalism and Rabanne still do. Through her reference towards unconventional materials, Miuccia Prada created Chandelier dresses and skirts for the Ready-to-Wear Spring 2010 collection. This utilisation of the elements of the chandelier appears to be an appropriated technique similar to Rabanne’s chainmail like linkage, yet completely synonymous with Prada’s aesthetic and conceptual direction that collection.


Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne

While the Fall 2009 collection displayed an experimental application of leather, beading and also fur, all of which seem to, almost, pay homage to the technical developments of Rabanne’s works. The use of cut leather strips combined with plastic beading links dramatically to Rabanne’s uses leather strips in his 1966 Rodéo dresses. But also to the heavy, chunky beading which he had begun to embellish his works with during 1968. Prada seems to have merged these two textural concepts together and manifested them into her own collection, making them more relevant for our future for 2010. "

(this is my own link, and words and thus it would be appreciated not to be coppied! Thank-you dears!)
Images sourced from:
Kamitsis, L 1999, Paco Rabanne, First Edition, Thames and Hudson, London.