“During this conference I’ll try to explain, to myself and you, why I happened to consider lightness a value rather than a defect; what are the examples among past pieces of art in which I recognize my ideal of lightness“.
Like Calvino, Miuccia has a lot to talk about. Her lightness has a name: Miu Miu. A name painting beaches heated by the sun of the summer.
Yes, she does, Miuccia actually paints with irony and acuity: she is our Calvino. The frame of the runway are the dreamy Fifties, where the research of and the attention to functional garments are reflected in the insatiable summer needs. Considering lightness a value rather than a defect: taking advantage of its versatility.
Also Calvino states: “World’s heaviness can be torn asunder”. In this way dresses change, transform themselves, with the same lightness of Perseo, ready to set up a hideout for Medusa.
Beach towels or skirts? Bathrobe or overcoats? Swimsuits or bodices? Headphones or breezy hats? Also Calvino talks about strength, the strength which transfigures itself into refinement, wonder and marvel.
Here it is our new Fashion-Book crossover. Miuccia Prada clearly defines her target: her reflection upon both beaches and their accessibility is faced with enthusiasm, lightness. Also described by Italo Calvino in his essay of the same name, the first out of five classes which he would be supposed to hold at Harvard University, unless he passed away the 19th of September 1985.
His trait, part of the collection named “Lezioni Americane”, clarifies how lightness might result in a solution toward the outer world’s heaviness, through Greek mythology examples and past works of art. Miuccia does the same during the Fifties.
Greek ἀρετή, the ancient fame of archaic heroes, therefore, transforms itself, just like the common beach outfit. Everything changes according to new values, effective in the present and projected to the future.
And What about you? What makes you feel light? How do you cope with life hardships?
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