For Spring/Summer 2019, architects Cini Boeri, Elizabeth Diller and Kazuyo Sejima created new accessories in black nylon for Prada.
Architects Cini Boeri, Elizabeth Diller and Kazuyo Sejima have been given carte blanche by Prada to work with their classic black nylon material, in a series of collaborations aimed at evolving one of the fashion house’s signature materials.
The creative brief gives each architect free reign to create one item of clothing, or accessory, with one stipulation. They have to be specifically designed with women in mind—be it themselves or someone else. “Created by women, for women, this new chapter expounds and expands Prada’s ongoing fascination with multifaceted representations of contemporary femininity, as perceived by a multitude of female viewpoints,” said the Italian fashion house in a statement.
Each designer brought their own perspective and interests to the project; Boeri’s practice focuses on the relationship between the individual and the home, whereas Sejima’s slick modernist work challenges the barriers between the external and interior and Diller’s experience creating some of the world’s most iconic structures, including the High Line park and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, bodes well for the initiative. The results were the Borsa by Boeri, a minimal messenger bag; the Daln and the Yooo bags by Sejima, which were both long and black, with pink and blue handles; and the Yoke by Diller, which looks like a tactical vest.
The collaboration follows the path Zaha Hadid paved for the trio before her untimely death in 2017. The late starchitect instilling her signature style in the fashion world through a series of jewelry, footwear, and bags. The distinguished architect’s sweeping curves and webbed forms lent themselves well to sci-fi accessories, having previously worked with Chanel and Louis Vuitton on numerous collections.
When Prada’s famed nylon was first introduced in the form of Mrs. Prada’s utilitarian backpacks, it signified a move away from traditional materials to embrace a more modern sensibility. Now the fashion giant has once again revisited the classic fibers to push both their output and ideas forward.
Previous collaborations in the Prada Invite series have heavily featured male architects, including Rem Koolhouse and Herzog & de Meuron for the Milan menswear show in January, but this new chapter is about embracing some of the greatest women from the world of design to impart their craft and help evolve their foothold in the world of fashion.