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Prada F/W 1996

Art / Architecture / Design / Fashion

Miuccia Prada, a name synonymous with modernity and reinvention, has long been a leader in forward thinking design and innovation. Case in point, Prada’s fall/winter 1996 collection, a subversive, minimalistic response to the standard woman’s wear styles of the 1990’s.


Posted April 7th, 2019 By Colby Mugrabi

One of the most iconic runway moments of the past three decades, Prada’s collection of cubist-style prints and muted hues sought reference from the 1960s and 70s, while catapulting 20th century fashion into a new era. Miuccia’s subtle manipulation of shape, color, material and silhouette, fosters collections that are both unfalteringly cool and unarguably timeless. For fall/winter 1996, the designer employed all such techniques to prove why every woman wants and needs to be a Prada woman.

As the show commenced, 90s supermodels sauntered down the runway in structured suiting and simple daywear rendered in shades of khaki, brown and mustard yellow. Heavy fabrics offered a sense of solidity and weight to the collection, seen in thick wool calf-length skirts and tailored trousers, many styled with nothing but an effortless camel turtleneck or grey V-neck sweater. A retro text motif was scattered throughout the season’s opening looks, as geometric argyle-patterns were introduced mid-show – a motif that has since been reinterpreted by countless designers and even reintroduced by Prada herself, for the brand’s fall/winter 2012 show. The season’s featured eveningwear took shape in a number of lilac and mossy sheer gowns subtly embellished with glittering seams – yet another of Prada’s now trademark finishing techniques.

Over the past three decades Miuccia Prada has shown season-after-season that her brilliance lies in her singular ability to approach fashion design with a restrained, architectural eye; a unique talent that defined the brand’s fall/winter 1996 collection.

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David Hammons

Photographed on September 2, 1980, in New York City

David hammons photographed on september 2  1980  in new york city

Gio Ponti

La Villa Namazee, 1957

Gio ponti  la villa namazee  1957

André Sornay

Green-lacquered wooden cabinet, 1930

Andre sornay  green lacquered wooden cabinet. six shelves in oak inside.  ca. 1930

Agnes Martin

Untitled, 1963

Agnes martin untitled 1963

Anni Albers

Wall Hanging, 1926

Annie albers wall hanging  1926

Domenico Gnoli

Green-Bed-Cover, 1969

Domenico gnoli green bed cover  1969

Fortunato Depero

Page from Depero Futurista (Libro imbullonato), Milan,1927

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Lucio Costa

Housing complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1428596 brazil bristol lucio costa

Agnes Martin

'Untitled', 1959

Agnes martin   untitled   1959

Anni Albers

Tikal, 1958

Anni albers  tikal  1958

Barnett Newman

Concord, 1949

Barnett newman  concord  1949

Franco Albini

Luisa Chair, 1960s

Franco albinin luisa chair c fondazione franco albini

Gio Ponti

Sofa for Palazzo Liviano, 1939

Gio ponti  rare sofa for palazzo liviano  university of padova  1939

Giulio Minoletti

Condominio ai Giardini d'Arcadia in corso di Porta Romana, 1955

Giulio minoletti  condominio ai giardini d arcadia in corso di porta romana  1955

George Hoyningen-Huene

Greta Garbo, 1951

Greta garbo photo george hoyningen huene 1951

Ico Parisi

Wooden and Rattan Magazine Rack, 1950

Ico parisi wooden and rattan magazine rack  1950

Yves Saint Laurent

Haute Couture, 1970

Yves saint laurent  haute couture  circa 1970
References
David hammons photographed on september 2  1980  in new york city

David Hammons

Photographed on September 2, 1980, in New York City

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Gio ponti  la villa namazee  1957

Gio Ponti

La Villa Namazee, 1957

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Andre sornay  green lacquered wooden cabinet. six shelves in oak inside.  ca. 1930

André Sornay

Green-lacquered wooden cabinet, 1930

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Agnes martin untitled 1963

Agnes Martin

Untitled, 1963

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Annie albers wall hanging  1926

Anni Albers

Wall Hanging, 1926

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Domenico gnoli green bed cover  1969

Domenico Gnoli

Green-Bed-Cover, 1969

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015 depero depero depero

Fortunato Depero

Page from Depero Futurista (Libro imbullonato), Milan,1927

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1428596 brazil bristol lucio costa

Lucio Costa

Housing complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Agnes martin   untitled   1959

Agnes Martin

'Untitled', 1959

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Anni albers  tikal  1958

Anni Albers

Tikal, 1958

10 of 17

Barnett newman  concord  1949

Barnett Newman

Concord, 1949

11 of 17

Franco albinin luisa chair c fondazione franco albini

Franco Albini

Luisa Chair, 1960s

12 of 17

Gio ponti  rare sofa for palazzo liviano  university of padova  1939

Gio Ponti

Sofa for Palazzo Liviano, 1939

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Giulio minoletti  condominio ai giardini d arcadia in corso di porta romana  1955

Giulio Minoletti

Condominio ai Giardini d'Arcadia in corso di Porta Romana, 1955

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Greta garbo photo george hoyningen huene 1951

George Hoyningen-Huene

Greta Garbo, 1951

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Ico parisi wooden and rattan magazine rack  1950

Ico Parisi

Wooden and Rattan Magazine Rack, 1950

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Yves saint laurent  haute couture  circa 1970

Yves Saint Laurent

Haute Couture, 1970

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