Highly Detailed Fall 2004 Prada Runway Look 14 Silver Thread & Crystals Silk Skirt
Look 29 for the Fall 2004 line-up was shown in a more brown colour for the runway but was also produced in this gorgeous silver grey version. The reviews for this season were stellar. Vogue.com said of this collection: "Audiences always arrive at Prada shows tingling with anticipation, braced for Miuccia Prada's next departure from the last season's plot. This time, she confounded expectation again, not by taking off in a new direction, but by developing the cache of ideas layered into her spring collection. That, of course, was famously about the fifties lady tourist, with an overlay of hippie-ish tie-dye among the circle skirts and knits. For winter, she took that same woman into new realms of intellectual exploration on the print front: back to the future, in fact. This time, she confounded expectation again, not by taking off in a new direction, but by developing the cache of ideas layered into her spring collection...."It was a dream of extreme romanticism," she said. "The idea of eighteenth-century painting, with video games. A romanticism between past and future."....For colder months, she added more layers, adding in dip-dyed cable knits and buttonless cardigans betwixt tweeds and bejeweled fifties-style couture-like pieces. What held it all together, literally, were the cinched waists, circled in narrow grosgrain ribbon or with tie-on belts encrusted with sparkle. It was that idea of jeweling, on collars, belts, and fabric brooches, that added the news."
This is one of those jewelled pieces and it still feels as special now as it did then. Pieces from this collection sold out worldwide and were waitlisted everywhere. It is an incredible testament to her ability to take the past and make it feel fresh. The skirt is made from a textured silk that has a slight sheen-like finish to it while still holding the feeling of rawness and natural silk. It was then dyed in a horizontal pattern that gives it an almost ombre feel. This one has some weight to it mainly due to the extensive underskirts and the crystal detailing on it. It is more fitted around the waist and then falls outwards to widen out by the time it reaches the hem. There are soft pleats worked around the waist to help give it the volume you see. Underneath the skirt are two layers of a built in organza skirting to help lift and hold its volume. This also gives the skirt lots of movement and shape. It is just gorgeous. Sewn onto the skirt are little butterfly like embellishments that are made from a silver metal thread and crystals. These are scattered over the entire surface of the skirt. As you near the hem there is a wide three inch band of the silver thread and crystal set into a glamorous graphic grid pattern. This runs all the way around the hem and I love how it adds a subtle bit of glamour that contrasts to the silver grey colour of the silk. It is a very easy way to work a metallic into your wardrobe. It would work equally as well for day or the evening. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
Lined with a grey satin around the interior of the waist and upper hips and then there are the two layers of skirting under that as described above. It closes with a hidden set side zipper. Tagged Prada 014
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 22"
Length: 24" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: Fall 2004 Prada Runway Collection, Look 14.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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