I took a break from packing to check out the Waist Down exhibit at the Prada Epicenter on Rodeo Drive, and I’m so glad I did. The show consists of 100 vintage and new skirts by Miuccia Prada, with the exhibition designed by Amo, in the Rem Koolhaas designed store.
Skirts become organic objects vacuum-sealed in bags and hung on translucent walls; skirts animated in twirled motion and short kicks; skirts camouflaged into the material they sprang from; skirts sunk into pod-like recesses in the floor; skirts as bean bags; as flowers; as sea anemone; as ghosts; as relics; as specimens.
Prada excels at the seamless marriage of art and commerce, without compromising the integrity of either. It’s hard not to be a fan of a company that mocks itself wittily in Marfa, Texas, while consistantly showcasing the very best designers and architects, not the least bit afraid of good design competing against the Prada collection. Last summer, I popped in the Prada store in NYC to see the 2×4 designed interior. A few weeks later, I saw the exact same work in an exhibition at SFMOMA. That’s Prada for you.
Waist Down is on view at the Prada Epicenter on Rodeo Drive through Aug. 27.