Look 29 S/S 2011 Prada Runway Embroidered Monkey Dress
It was a fantastical jungle that walked down the runway of the Spring 2011 Prada presentation and Miucci showed piece after piece with a whimsical mix of embroidery and beads. This is Look 29 from the show and it was not only a hit on the catwalk, but also was photoed extensively that season for the fashion magazines. It is a classic barrel shape cut with a combination of embroidery and a fantastic beaded hem. The dress caught the fancy of the fashion world and it was sold out and wait-listed as soon as it hit the shops. Cut like a modern day flapper dress, the monkey and banana embroidery perfectly captures her sense of humor and wit and give a nod to the original inspiration. It is really a design that has become iconic and instantly associated with Prada. The embroidery completely circles the dress and is a strong hit of color against its black backdrop. Added to the hem is her signature chunky beads done here in blue and black. These click and clack against each other when you move making the entire dress a piece of interactive artwork. Excellent condition with one item to note below.
Style.com said of this collection:
"Only Miuccia Prada could attach a label like "minimal baroque" to a collection whose references ranged from hospital scrubs to seventeenth-century cherubs to Jazz Age superwoman Josephine Baker. Fishing around for an alternative to "fresh," she herself came up with "brave, bold, and obvious"—that last one a typical head-spinner......But there was also more than enough of Prada's twisty-ness to boost this collection into her already chock-full pantheon of greats. Those cherubs, for a start, plucked from a curlicued baroque interior and all mixed up with bananas and naive monkeys in an exuberantly cartoonish print that looked like something lifted from a poster for a Josephine Baker performance at the Folies Bergère in the twenties.....As she said backstage, banana earrings vibrating: "It's time to be bold." And that's one maxim that, with any luck, will rub off on the world at large."
Fully lined in a black silk and closes with a hidden set side zipper. No size tag present so please check the actual listed measurements below. One hanging bead missing at the back near the side seam (photoed and priced accordingly)
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 39" from neck to hem - beads add 3" to length
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1) Look 29, Prada S/S 2011. / (2) Hana Soukupova (credit unknown). / (3) Ruby Jean Wilson in Vogue Australia, 2011. Photo by Nicole Bentley.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.