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Prada F/W 2017

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Leave it to Miuccia Prada, a lover of underground references and eccentric pairings, to join creative forces with 92-year-old artist Robert McGinnis, the enigmatic figure behind some of film’s most iconic posters, on Prada’s fall/winter 2017 Ready-to-Wear collection – and the artist’s first ever fashion collaboration.


Posted November 26th, 2018 By Colby Mugrabi

McGinnis, culturally identified by his commanding illustrations of strong female characters that have graced the film posters and covers he’s produced over the decades, is responsible for the ladies gang eponymously termed “The McGinnis Girls.” While history may interpret these characters as provocative or overtly sexual, it’s just the opposite; McGinnis made waves through his work by portraying women as the real forces behind film, visually juxtaposing feminine figures as superior to any leading male.

McGinnis’s ubiquitous influence on Prada’s fall 2017 collection was felt everywhere from the show’s fabricated environment to the garments walking the season’s runway. Faux movie posters were plastered on the set’s surrounding walls, while covers of 1960’s pulp-fiction novels with names like “A Taste for Violence” and “Marked for Murder,” which originally featured McGinnis’s illustrations, were reimagined as prints, giving his “McGinnis Girls” new life as femme fatale fashion symbols. Babydoll dresses, sleeveless tops, and ostrich feather-trimmed skirts served as vehicles for his timeless illustrations, styled with Prada’s perfection and ease.

The collection read as a celebration of womanhood, it’s inspiration spanning the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. Crochet bralettes, with not an underwire in sight, felt like a nod to early female liberation. Patchwork coats, angora skirts, and glitzy embroidery followed suit. Seashell necklaces, and furry shoes fastened with large buttons added to the arts and crafts elements seen throughout the show, while oversized tweed coats and tromp l’oeil messenger bags left us yearning for the late 60’s and early 70’s.

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References

Claude Viallat

Untitled no. 26, 1980

Claude viallat  untitled no. 26  1980

André Sornay

Paire de chevets, 1960

Andre   sornay  paire de chevets  1960

Richard Avedon

Harper's Bazaar, September 1965

Richard avedon  harper s bazaar  september 1965

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Amanti (Lovers), 1962

Michelangelo pistoletto  amanti  lovers   1962

Jack Troy

Ceramics

Jack troy ceramics

Wharton Esherick Studio

Wharton esherick studio

Frank Lloyd Wright

Taliesin 2 Floor Lamp

Frank lloyd wright  taliesin 2 floor lamp

Arakawa Toyozo

Hyobai, Ice Plum Blossoms, 1970

Arakawa toyozo  hyobai  ice plum blossoms  1970

Carol Rama

Passionate, 1939

Carol rama  passionate  1939

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Chair, 1919

Charles rennie mackintosh  chair  1919

Flower Vase with Ears

Cypress Hedge design, Momoyama Period, Japan

Flower vase with ears  cypress hedge design  momoyama period  japan

Lucien Levy-Dhurmer

La Fileuse, 1902

Lucien levy dhurmer  la fileuse  1902

Mario Ceroli

Profili

Mario ceroli  profili

Mel Ramos

Chic from 11 Pop Artists, Volume I, 1966

Mel ramos  chic from 11 pop artists  volume i  1966

Robert Mallet-Stevens

Wood and Leather Chair, 1930

Robert mallet stevens  wood and leather chair  1930

Shimizu Uichi Pottery

Japan

Shimizu uichi pottery  japan

Sigmar Polke

Dscjungel (Jungle), 1967

Sigmar polke dscjungel  jungle   1967

Taliesin apprentices assemble the roof of the Music Pavilion

Completed in the late 1950s

Taliesin apprentices assemble the roof of the music pavilion  which was completed in the late 1950s

Vogue US

November 1962

Vogue us  november 1962

Wendell Castle

Chest of Drawers

Wendell castle  chest of drawers
References
Claude viallat  untitled no. 26  1980

Claude Viallat

Untitled no. 26, 1980

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Andre   sornay  paire de chevets  1960

André Sornay

Paire de chevets, 1960

2 of 20

Richard avedon  harper s bazaar  september 1965

Richard Avedon

Harper's Bazaar, September 1965

3 of 20

Michelangelo pistoletto  amanti  lovers   1962

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Amanti (Lovers), 1962

4 of 20

Jack troy ceramics

Jack Troy

Ceramics

5 of 20

Wharton esherick studio

Wharton Esherick Studio

6 of 20

Frank lloyd wright  taliesin 2 floor lamp

Frank Lloyd Wright

Taliesin 2 Floor Lamp

7 of 20

Arakawa toyozo  hyobai  ice plum blossoms  1970

Arakawa Toyozo

Hyobai, Ice Plum Blossoms, 1970

8 of 20

Carol rama  passionate  1939

Carol Rama

Passionate, 1939

9 of 20

Charles rennie mackintosh  chair  1919

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Chair, 1919

10 of 20

Flower vase with ears  cypress hedge design  momoyama period  japan

Flower Vase with Ears

Cypress Hedge design, Momoyama Period, Japan

11 of 20

Lucien levy dhurmer  la fileuse  1902

Lucien Levy-Dhurmer

La Fileuse, 1902

12 of 20

Mario ceroli  profili

Mario Ceroli

Profili

13 of 20

Mel ramos  chic from 11 pop artists  volume i  1966

Mel Ramos

Chic from 11 Pop Artists, Volume I, 1966

14 of 20

Robert mallet stevens  wood and leather chair  1930

Robert Mallet-Stevens

Wood and Leather Chair, 1930

15 of 20

Shimizu uichi pottery  japan

Shimizu Uichi Pottery

Japan

16 of 20

Sigmar polke dscjungel  jungle   1967

Sigmar Polke

Dscjungel (Jungle), 1967

17 of 20

Taliesin apprentices assemble the roof of the music pavilion  which was completed in the late 1950s

Taliesin apprentices assemble the roof of the Music Pavilion

Completed in the late 1950s

18 of 20

Vogue us  november 1962

Vogue US

November 1962

19 of 20

Wendell castle  chest of drawers

Wendell Castle

Chest of Drawers

20 of 20


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