Prada @ Harrods

I have been waiting for months for the Prada exhibition at Harrods to open. Words cannot describe how obsessed I am with Miuccia Prada. I have been known to brush my teeth in my miu miu sunglasses (I love them that much) and have been pining after the Prada runways all through my teens, just wishing away my uni expenses to afford myself a piece from each collection. I am not going to lie, the wait for the opening of Pradasphere was torturous, thank heavens Harrods didn’t let me down.

Most people reading this will probably think that it’s a strange idea to host a fashion exhibition in a shop, even if the store in question is king of all the outlets in London. However, those who previously went to the Dior show last year, also hosted by Harrods, know that it is possible and can be spectacular. Luckily, the Pradasphere followed suit.

Pradasphere is a retrospective of Miuccia Prada of 25 years of her womenswear line. Fashions are spread across a stunning gallery on the fourth floor. The floors have been covered in lush black and green emerald carpets and fitted with the custom designed velvet sofa’s that can be found in the Prada stores. The show does not move chronologically, but rather in theme and by colour. On display are clothes, shoes and handbags as well as a case dedicated to the leather goods of Mario Prada who founded the company in 1913.

Also on display are moving images from past runway shows, memorabilia, books and invitations. There are stills from Wes Anderson directed adverts, with its star Lea Seydoux having her portrait displayed on the shop windows of Harrods. In fact, all the windows on the ground floor of Harrods have been taken over by Prada, both mens and womenswear, even including a car.

Also on offer is a pop up store and the a pop up version of the Prada-owned Marchesi cafe from Milan, in order to recuperate after an intense fashion overload. Why not? The Italians know a thing or two about coffee after all!

Pradasphere is open at Harrods throughout May

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

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