Prada has always been linked to world of cinema: the seventh art is a fundamental part of the identity heritage of the maison, whose multi-sensory and language connections have been for Miuccia Prada – and still are – a medium to explore and to be inspired by. An example of this are the films made by five famous directors for the Spring / Summer 2021 collection, entitled not by chance Multiple Views, as well as art projects outside the fashion house. The latest and exciting collaboration is the one announced with the regista candidato all’Oscar Lee Daniels for his new film, The United States vs. Billie Holiday.
Timeless musical and feminine icon, the singer has marked the American artistic evolution both with her looks and with her incredible voice, whose power and style well reflect the influence she has had on our cultural scenario. To best express the character and the story of the character, Prada has created one selection of clothes for the singer-songwriter as Billie Holiday, Andra Day, nominated for the Grammy Awards: taking inspiration from its archival models, the maison has reinterpreted the most iconic outfits of the revolutionary artist with a contemporary look, paying homage to the historical period between the 40s and 50s. Two decades undoubtedly full of style suggestions that still appear today on the catwalk and among Miuccia’s creations.
The result were nine stage costumes, including evening dresses in silk satin embellished with feathers and fringes, and a column dress in double ivory silk satin, with a sweetheart neckline and crystal-encrusted embroidery, which illustrate all the audacity of Billie Holiday, as singer-songwriter and woman, in the film: The United States vs. Billie Holiday in fact, it presents, in a non-apologetic guise, the complicated and exuberant life of this legend of music, but not only. The screenwriter is none other than Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for dramaturgy, who through her engaging narrative intimately tells the story of this reckless pioneer. Which, through music, helped to give birth to the civil rights movement. The feature film, where we could then admire Prada’s creations, will debut in the United States on Hulu on February 26, 2021.