Levitating ceiling and art deco chandeliers form backdrop for Prada fashion show

Levitating ceiling and art deco chandeliers form backdrop for Prada fashion show

Levitating ceiling and art deco chandeliers form backdrop for Prada fashion show

AMO, OMA’s research and design studio, added a retractable roof to the Fondazione Prada that moved to reveal an array of art deco chandeliers for Prada’s Fall-Winter 2023 menswear show.

Set inside the Deposito, a vast concrete-lined warehouse-style space in Milan’s Fondazione Prada, the Fall Winter 2023 show took place during Milan Fashion Week on Sunday, January 15, 2023.

Interior shot of Prada's Fall Winter 2023 menswear show
Prada’s Fall Winter 2023 menswear show was presented during Milan Fashion Week

“For the Prada Fall Winter 2023 men’s show, AMO conceived a scenography that transforms as the public watches the show, changing the perception of the space inside the Deposito da Fondazione Prada,” said AMO.

“The room is empty, filled only with rows of benches made of concrete.”

Image of models at Prada's Fall Winter 2023 menswear show
The set was designed by AMO

Before the show started, the room looked like a dimly lit concrete bunker, measuring 2.7 meters high and decorated only by rows of concrete benches.

As the models entered the room, the recessed ceiling slowly began to rise, revealing a haze of glowing light from several square openings in its surface.

Photo from the set of Prada's Fall Winter 2023 men's show
A levitating ceiling revealed three-tiered chandeliers

From here, three-tiered chandeliers, made from translucent sheets of ribbed polycarbonate, were revealed from within openings in the ceiling and illuminated the concrete art storage space as the ceiling continued to rise.

The movable lining worked as a result of a series of chains attached to motorized systems that raised and lowered the false lining of coffins over the original lining of the Deposito.

At its final height, the ceiling reached nine meters high and displayed 16 art deco chandeliers suspended above the catwalk, Prada’s latest fall-winter 2023 men’s collection and its audience.

The chandeliers revealed the entirety of the room and the orange-painted structural beams that line the walls of the Deposito, as well as the ribbon-marked floors and installations from the sets of previous Prada shows, such as the Spring Summer 2019 show, and various exhibitions.

Image from the Prada Fall Winter 2023 menswear show
The ceiling was raised nine meters high.

After reaching nine meters in height, the ceiling began to return to its initial height, restoring the concrete room to its cold, dimly lit bunker form.

“During the show, the ceiling rises, revealing a series of ten-foot-high chandeliers – designed to reference a classic form with an industrial materiality – and then recedes to its initial position.”

“The room’s proportions and atmosphere change almost imperceptibly from a dark, low-ceilinged room to a cozy, monumental hall-like space, and back again.”

Image of the rig system at the Prada show
The set beckoned to Prada’s Spring Summer 2016 show

The set also nodded to AMO’s previous sets for Prada.

He drew parallels with AMO’s 2015 backdrop for the Italian fashion house’s Spring-Summer 2016 show, which saw translucent “stalactites”, similarly constructed from translucent sheets of polycarbonate, suspended over curved rows of concrete seating. .

photo of a model
The collection was designed by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons

Prada is headed by Italian designer Miuccia Prada and Belgian designer Raf Simons, who joined the house as co-creative director in 2020. In 2022, Simons unexpectedly announced the closure of his 27-year-old namesake label.

At this season’s Paris Fashion Week, Saint Laurent presented its Fall-Winter 2023 menswear show at the Tadao Ando-revamped Bourse de Commerce.

Photography and video courtesy of OMA.


Project credits:

Partner: Rem Koolhaas
Associate: Giulio Margheri
Team: Alex Tintea, Luisa Carvalho, Laura Martinelli

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