I knew I’d seen that print before… Miuccia Prada seems to have borrowed some ideas from the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. He developed Neo-Plasticism back in 1917. A white base was painted with a grid of black vertical and horizontal lines. Primary colours were also added, creating a pop of dispersed colour. YSL created a dress back in 1965 that was a more direct version of the iconic print. Prada’s collection, I’d argue, has come a long way from that. The colours are deeper and the lines more varied, creating a more nuanced and representation of Mondrian’s original concept – an excellent job of paying homage to the original work without copying it directly… Zara, take note.
Ok, am off to Germany for a couple of days and officially done talking about Prada, I promise.