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Miuccia Knows No Bounds

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By Tali Jaffe

Heritage has been a hot word for a couple of seasons now. Fashion houses have been delving into their archives in search of the essence of the brand—be it a particular cut, adornment or motif. For some, heritage has been about exploring the origins of the brand itself. Dolce & Gabbana even went so far as to introduce us to the seamstresses and tailors employed in the company’s studio via a video that played in the background of their Fall runway show in Milan. Truly a “made in Italy” moment.

However, Miuccia Prada, always one to buck the trend, has turned her attention beyond her own brand’s heritage, and is instead honing in on the traditions of artisans all over the world.

In a new capsule collection called “Prada Made In...” the company has collaborated with artisans and craftsmen in Scotland, India, Japan and Peru to create pieces that utilize and pay homage to each of the regions’ master craft. Each collection is marked with a special label identifying its country of origin.

In Scotland, a collection of wool kilts were produced in the tradition of centuries-old weaving techniques. In Peru, campesino workshops were the ideal source for creating alpaca wool knitwear. Japan provided a very special opportunity to collaborate with Dova, arguably the world’s most sophisticated denim manufacturer, on a line of custom, made-to-order jeans. And finally, in India, Chikan, an ancient and refined style of embroidery was used to create handmade garments, including the white and green dress seen here. A collection of ballerina flats and handbags utilizing an indigenous style of weave was also produced (and happens to be in perfect harmony with the season’s 70’s revival).

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