Book of the week: Pradasphere
Enter the Prada universe
Following the popular Pradasphere exhibition staged by Prada at London's Harrods last year, which came complete with the delectable Pradasphere Cafe, the luxury Italian label is launching an equally luxurious and weighty hardback coffee table book of the same name.
Pradasphere, by Abrams publishers, is a 326 page tome that reveals 30 years of Prada design to fans. There are special features in the book that examine the profile of designer Miuccia Prada's inspirations as well as her obsessions and draws into focus her creative process, that propelled Prada into becoming the hugely successful fashion house that it is today. "Pradasphere is not about the past," she affirms in the introduction. "It is a snapshot of a single moment: now."
Taking its cues from the curated sections of the Harrods hosted exhibition, the book includes chapters devoted to the Milanese house's origins; specimens from its archive; methods of construction; its evolution over the last 30 years; and a sixth section entitled 'observation', devoted to the brand's interest in film and the new film projects.
Of course there is also a look back at the more distant origins of the 102 year old label, where the archives have been plundered to share rare examples of early Prada work including travelling cosmetic cases and heritage handbag designs. Advertising campaigns from over the years are also included in this visual tour through the Prada universe.