By Peter & Jean Richards
Prada has put on a surprisingly interesting road show, Pradasphere, which is parked atop Pier Four on Hong Kong Island’s Victoria Harbor until 5 December 2014.
The luxury goods company has been reported to have asked for a rent reduction to compensate it for loss of business during the nearby Occupy Central protests this Fall, but it spared no expense in mounting the historical exhibition it modestly calls “the universe of Prada.”
We were on our way elsewhere when we spied the big black box on the roof of the pier and went for a look.
The front showcases a few dozen examples of beautifully crafted leather goods and accessories offered by Fratelli Prada in the glorious Galleria Vittorio Emmanuel II from 1913. The rear wall flutters with visuals of models strutting the runways, but the central focus is on old-fashioned vitrines filled with contemporary Prada. Even the mannequins look uncomfortable in the outré costumes designed to be worn by models who can neither walk in the platformed and stilettoed heels nor sit comfortably in garb made of shaggy goat hair, acrylic crystals or waxed silk. The most tastefully dressed in the room were the docents clad discreetly in black. They were welcoming, knowledgeable and eager to elucidate.
There’s not much that’s pretty or wearable, but it was fun and may soon be moving to a city near you.The exhibit was at Harrod’s In London in May and we were told it will make two more stops in Asia.
You can get all the details on the Internet, but here are some photographs which will give you the gist
© 2014 by Peter & Jean Richards