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Prada S/S 2005 Majestic Silk Embellished Mini Dress


Muccia Prada, the visionary behind the Italian house of Prada, is known for her subversive approach to fashion. She famously introduced the use of nylon to high fashion in the 1990s, giving luxury a new dimension that was free from traditional ideas. Describing her creative process as “always trying to go against the rules, the cliché” in an interview for Vogue, Muccia has consistently created unique designs that feel contemporary years after their debut.

According to Muccia, the Prada 2005 S/S collection was inspired by “A vague idea of birds; birds of vanity, like peacocks, parrots, and swans,” while also wanting to “move toward something more young and sporty, tall and narrow.” The collection manifested as an eccentric flight of fancy that included airy pleated chiffon gowns, peacock feather embellished shirts and hats, abstract silk prints, and elaborate Bakelite accessories.

As seen as look #48 on that season’s runway, this majestic dress is quintessential Prada at its best. Done in one of Prada’s favorite colors – a rich brown-ochre rust– this shantung silk dress is alluring and elegant at once. The A-line dress begins with a subtly pleated one shoulder neckline and falls to mini length at the upper thigh in a slightly flared hem. Black ribbon insets beneath the bust and down the front of the skirt emphasize the natural lines of the body while framing the rows of gorgeous hand appliqued embellishments at the center of the skirt.

Size: 40

Size estimate: XS/SML

Bust: 32 inches

Waist: 28 inches

Hips:36 inches

Length: 33.5 inches

The embellishments are made up of incredible beads, crystals, and sequins in shades of copper, ruby, silver, pink, black, emerald, and topaz yellow that complement the metallic sheen of the silk while giving this dress a stately, opulent feel. A fabulous addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this beautiful dress is the perfect choice for a red carpet, wedding, or special occasion, and is sure to turn heads for many years to come.

This 2005 Prada dress is fully lined in brown silk with boning at the sides of the bust and closes with a concealed side zip. In very good condition with a little pull at the back of the dress near the hem, this dress has been professionally eco dry cleaned and pressed. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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