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Prada Black Cutout Patent Trim Dress, 1990s



Fashion is about revision and remixing just as much as it is about novelty and innovation. Season after season, Prada consistently captures both of these key elements, creating unique designs that feel contemporary years after their debut. Known for collections that go against the cliché, some of Prada’s most memorable designs from the Nineties favored minimalist, clean silhouettes with sheer elements that exuded a gauzy sexuality. From that decade, this black cut out dress is quintessential Prada at its best. Done in a black textured fabric with a ruffled silk trim, this dress is feminine and quietly seductive at once. The bodice begins with short flutter sleeves and a deep U-shape neckline that is trimmed with sheer black silk ruffles and adorned with a black patent leather bow at center front. A half circle cut out just beneath the bust adds a risqué element to the dress, which is intersected and bordered by patent leather trim that circles the rib cage, emphasizing the natural lines of the body while creating a baby doll silhouette. Size: 40 Size estimate: SML/MED Measurements: Bust: 34 inches Waist: 28 inches Hips: 34 inches Length: 40 inches The dress falls from the fitted empire waistline to the ruffled silk hem, which reaches just below the knee. The back of the dress mirrors the front with a deep U shape neckline that is also trimmed with sheer black silk ruffles. The perfect addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this dress offers a sophisticated blend of sweetness and sexiness that makes for an excellent cocktail or party dress. A similar version of this Prada dress was worn by Gwyneth Paltrow for the September 1999 issue of Vogue, photographed by Steven Meisel. In excellent condition, this 1990’s Prada dress closes with a concealed side zip and 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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    Length: 40 in. (101.6 cm)Marked Size: 40 (EU)Bust: 34 in. (86.36 cm)Waist: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Hip: 36 in. (91.44 cm)
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    Boca Raton, FL
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    1stDibs: LU73013657352

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The House of Savoy coat of arms and knotted rope on Prada’s seal herald that the iconic Italian luxury fashion house was named Official Supplier to the Italian Royal Household in 1919. Started in 1913 by Mario Prada, the brand’s original shop in Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II still has the mahogany shelves that displayed its early wares such as travel items and handbags. Today, these fine leather goods are joined by the clothing, wallets and other various accessories that keep the brand on the cutting edge of fashion.

When Mario Prada’s granddaughter, Miuccia Prada (b. 1949), inherited the business from her mother in the late 1970s, Prada was recognized for its quality craftsmanship, yet it was still a modest-sized company. Miuccia, an enthusiast of unconventional Italian filmmakers who’d earned a Ph.D. in political science, introduced the concept of using pocone — a military-grade water-resistant nylon that feels like silk.

Nylon revolutionized the fashion house’s business, with the first Prada nylon backpack released to universal acclaim in 1984. Soon the durable, water-resistant material was incorporated into Prada’s ready-to-wear collections for both men and women. No one had previously considered nylon a part of luxury fashion, and it wasn’t long before the family-owned company best known for its luggage was leading modern style that emphasized function as much as form.

Characterized by clean lines and a refined elegance that signaled the new direction of the legacy brand, Miuccia Prada debuted her first ready-to-wear collection for women in Fall/Winter 1988. More inventive fashion would follow in the ensuing years, such as the 1993 launch of the more affordable, more playful Miu Miu line, which was aimed at a younger audience, and the introduction of Prada Sport in 1997 — a collection now widely seen as prescient for its embrace of athleisure.

Prada has regularly gone against the grain to elevate styles that have long been out of fashion. In 1996, there were dresses and skirts in clashing patterns and muted earth tones that seemed flat and outdated, all worn with chunky high wedge sandals. Fanny packs followed three years later, and elaborate lace in 2008. Each season continues to bring new eye-catching innovations for the historic brand, including enhanced attention to sustainability with Prada Re-Nylon, a new line of bags created from recycled ocean plastic.

Today, find a wide variety of vintage Prada evening dresses, bags and other items on 1stDibs.

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