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Miuccia Prada auctioning off rare pieces from last solo collection

'carne Y Arena' Photocall, Cannes Film Festival 2017
Miuccia Prada at the 'Carne y Arena / Flesh and Sand' photocall during the 70th Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 22, 2017 in Cannes, France | Verwendung weltweit Where: Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes When: 22 May 2017 Credit: Dave Bedrosian/Geisler-Fotopress/picture-alliance/Cover Images

Miuccia Prada is auctioning off rare pieces from her last solo collection from her namesake fashion house.

Back in July, it was announced that Prada had teamed up with the prestigious auction house Sotheby’s to sell off limited-edition and collectible items from its archives to raise money for UNESCO.

And now, fashion fans can get their hands on a piece of history as Miuccia’s final solo collection without new co-designer Raf Simons, is up for grabs.

The Prada: Tools of Memory lot features 72-pieces from the designer’s autumn/winter 2020 menswear and womenswear collection, including props, invitations, exclusive backstage photographs, runway decor, and even a vinyl LP of the show’s soundtrack.

A wool coat with opulent beaded fringing from the collection is also up for auction, along with leather handbags, vanity case bracelets, and snaps of models Gigi Hadid and Freja Beha Erichsen moments before the designer’s presentation during Milan Fashion Week earlier this year.

Included in the lot is an entire outfit, comprised from Miuccia’s final solo effort, which features a hand-sewn organza dress, choker, metal headband, bracelet, and leather Mary-Jane shoes.

The 71-year-old spoke to British Vogue about selling off her fashion artefacts, and said she was relieved to be doing something worthwhile with the Italian fashion house’s archive.

“I think that in this moment what I can do with my work is do something that is meaningful, real, that can express various intentions, different meanings. The collections are about personality, craft, a creative contribution. The meaning and usefulness of fashion today: use and utility, function. Clothes as tools, tools for life – fashion with a purpose,” Miuccia shared.

The auction runs until 15 October.

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