• Publish date: Sunday، 12 March 2023


A point of view as an act of intervention, and invention. The Fall/Winter 2023 Miu Miu collection by Miuccia Prada is focused on the instinctive process of looking, ways of seeing, and how an act of observation can in turn transform the object of its focus. Looking is a window to thinking.

Although agency is placed on the observer, design is not passive. Workmanship is a tool to transform perception: proportions are altered through design and cut, shapes exaggerated, fabrics layered and fused to affect the rapport of garments with the body. Technique and materialization can actively change how outfits are visually read, and how we understand them.

Through examination and study, clothes are shifted both in structure and their placement on the body. Familiar items of clothing - twinsets, knee-length skirts, hooded sweatshirts - move around the figure, afforded different strengths and fragilities through their fabrication. The idea of looking influences notions of the underneath and outer, transparent chiffon opening windows onto clothes normally hidden, stockings exposed, dresses are overlaid. The complexity of layered clothes necessitates closer appraisal, an inquisitive mind, curiosity.

In the Palais d’Iena, models walk on a sequence of raised walkways to aid our observation. Alongside is an installation by South Korean artist Geumhyung Jeong whose performance-based pieces, centered around her body alone, demand an audience. Screens featuring Jeong’s specially-conceived work - examining the relationship between her own body and clothing - form punctuation to the space, inviting and arresting our attention, demanding to be watched.

Presented with a variety of possibilities, we are obliged to think. The character cast included Mia Goth opening the show, with Rick Braukis, Ethel Cain, Noen Eubanks, Amelia Grey, Sam Nivola, Mame Bineta Sane, Zaya Wade and Emma Corrin who closed the show.

Miuccia Prada quotes:

“The point with this collection was to look at fashion from a personal point of view. I am always interested in how people look at things, their consideration. Why people are attracted to certain ideas, why others repulse them. This collection explores the idea of looking - the concept that, through close study, garments can be transformed both in their design, and again in how they are worn. How fashion and fashion design can change perceptions, of things we think we know. It’s an invitation to reconsider.”

“I have always been driven by the idea of understanding how women deal with the interaction between vanity and thought, which is also why the Miu Miu Women's Tales short movies series started in 2011.

In the past two years, I felt the need to further experiment with the fashion show format, especially after the 2020 online editions. Every collaboration with the artists has added an interesting layer, not only in terms of format but also in terms of contents.

I feel they are triggered by the fact of shaping their own perspectives in a different context compared to the museum one.”