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Germany Influences Prada A/W 2014

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Prada. Every season is something out of the box. Sometimes making us question if the pieces should stay in the box. According to Style.com, Miucca Prada took inspiration from German artist Joseph Beuys:

His extensive work is grounded in concepts of humanismsocial philosophy and anthroposophy; it culminates in his “extended definition of art” and the idea of social sculpture as a gesamtkunstwerk, for which he claimed a creative, participatory role in shaping society and politics. His career was characterized by passionate, even acrimonious public debate, but he is now regarded as one of the most influential artists of the second half of the 20th century. – Wikipedia

 

German sculptor, painter, and performance artist, Joseph  Beuys was known also as a political and social influence during the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
German sculptor, painter, and performance artist, Joseph Beuys was known also as a political and social influence during the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Garment designs were clearly drawn from Josephs personal style as well as his artwork, which seems to have incorporated itself into the color pallet.

Bug der Argo
Bug der Argo

While the combinations of textures and colors are new and exciting, the silhouettes have no ‘enhancement’ for the average woman’s body. What will these look like as street wear and in editorials?

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Deep  V sweaters paired with boxy organza slips truly isn’t a look for everyone – but Prada always surprises me in the end. Watching imitations of the prints and silhouettes pop up in high street fashion, being worn by thousands of the personal style obsessed who may or may not recognize the origin of what they wear.

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German director/screenwriter/actor most known for the film “Lola” (1981), was also an influence on this season’s collection. Fassbinder lived a rather debaucherous lifestyle while becoming one of the most influential figures regarding New German Cinema.

…He ruthlessly attacked both German bourgeois society and the larger limitations of humanity.

Fassbinder died at the age of 37 from a lethal cocktail of cocaine and barbiturates. His death is often considered to mark the end of the New German Cinema. – Wikipedia

Fassbinder
Fassbinder

It’s always fascinating to sort of… reverse engineer a designer collection down to it’s concept and inspiration.

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