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Prada Turquoise Silk Taffeta Floral Applique Jacket, Spring 2012
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 1990’s, 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 Vouge, Muccia has consistently created unique designs that feel contemporary years after their debut.
Though a departure from her minimalist roots, the 2012 Prada Spring Collection was rebellious in a different way, shaped by the intention to make it “… sweet, which is taboo in fashion… I worked with sweet materials and shapes… little by little, it started coming together.”
From that collection, this elegant jacket is a charming and visually rich interpretation of spring. Done in a turquoise silk taffeta, the jacket begins with a high shawl collar and long sleeves that reach a few inches above the wrist. The slightly fitted shoulders and more formal nature of the jacket are balanced by the flared hem that falls just above the hips for an incredibly chic look, creating an A-line silhouette.
Hand appliqued bright orange lace tulips with embroidered black stems cover the sleeves and body of the jacket below the shoulder at the front and back, relaying the playful imagery of being wrapped in flowers while adding textural depth and a gorgeous pop of color. The hem of the jacket is edged at intervals in lace flowers at the back and front, balancing the unadorned section of taffeta at the top while adding another layer of richness.
Size 40 IT/ 4 US
Size estimate: S/M
Sleeves: 22.5 inches
Bust: 36 inches
Waist: 42 inches
Length: 21.5 inches
This floral applique taffeta jacket is fully lined in black silk and closes with two concealed hand-set snaps at the front placket near the collar. It can easily be paired with a sheath dress or worn as part of an ensemble, and is the perfect choice for a cocktail party or special occasion.
A version of this jacket was worn as the last look of that season’s runway. In excellent condition, this 2012 Prada jacket 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.