Dutch studio OMA’s research branch AMO has created a series of symmetrical linked vestibules to form a disorientating runway for Prada‘s Autumn Winter 2015 menswear show. As with previous seasons, architect Rem Koolhaas’ interiors-focused studio designed the set for Italian fashion house Prada’s latest presentation, which took place as part of Milan Moda Uomo – the city’s men’s fashion week.
AMO divided a space inside the Fondazione Prada at Via Fogazzaro 36 into a series of interconnected rooms in two lines side by side, each with slightly different proportions. “The existing room is disguised into a classic enfilade of rooms, gradually changing proportions as in an abstract mannerist perspective,” said a statement from the studio. “As opposed to a single stage, the new sequence of spaces multiplies and fragments the show into a series of intimate moments.” Named The Infinite Palace, the layout formed a route that models followed up along one side and returned down the other.
“The progression through the connected rooms simulates endless repetitions and symmetries, while providing the illusion of an infinite palace,” said the studio. “As the models move linearly across the enfilade the audience, divided into small groups, are pushed to close and intimate proximity with the collection.” Each of the spaces was linked by an aluminium mesh-clad tunnel, brightly illuminated from behind with vertical tube lights to contrast with the darker, larger rooms. These chambers and tunnels became smaller and tighter in succession towards the back of the space. Mesh panels were also installed across the ceilings in the faux marble-lined rooms to obscure the lighting fixtures above. Textured metal sheets were laid on the floor to form geometric shapes in the centre of each room.
“Blue and black (false) marble cover the floors and walls transforming each space into a tridimensional excavation,” the studio said. “In this disorientating landscape aluminium geometric inserts in the ground mark the sequence of spaces.” The audience sat on tiered benches arranged in the corners of the dark space, observing the collection that aimed to highlight gender differences and similarities. Both male and female models walked during the menswear show, wearing Prada’s predominantly black and minimal garments for this season.