Prada Miu Miu


What’s the difference between Prada and Miu Miu?

The question we’ve been asking ourselves, answered by those who know best.

Photographs by Willy Vanderperre
Styling by Olivier Rizzo

Mittel Europe/Uniform
Prada, Autumn/Winter 1994
Black wool belted military jacket with metal buttons; black wool and silk skirt; black leather boots with front zip.

Army of Me/Uniformn
Miu Miu, Autumn/Winter 2006
Black wool fitted military jacket with small peplum and silk-satin trim and buttons; military green wool knickers.

Birds Of Paradise
Prada, Autumn/Winter 2007
Black wool/silk degradé cloquée coat with plastic fringe paillette and feather embroidery; black wool/silk with plastic fringe paillette embroidered skirt; plastic overprinted red and black mohair hat; military green silk socks; nude, military green and black duchesse-silk sandals with bow.

Garden of Eden
Miu Miu, Spring/Summer 2011
Black silk satin ‘The Garden’ printed dress with neon yellow pleated insert; black leather belt; neon green, silver and black Belle Époque shoes.

Black on Black/Jazz
Miu Miu, Spring/Summer 2013
Black duchesse silk coat; long dark blue leather gloves; black fox stole; black craquelé-leather pumps.

Prada, Autumn/Winter 1995
Black techno-wool double-breasted coat.

1950s Sorbet
Miu Miu, Autumn/Winter 2007
Pale blue jacquard plastic padded-polyester corset dress with black and pink décolleté and black waistband.

1950s Shapes/In Bloom
Prada, Autumn/Winter 2010
Black cirrée corset dress with white cotton ruffles and black-jet embroidered décolleté; black patent-leather pumps with white leather bows.

1940s Prada, Autumn/Winter 2009
Red crepe-wool tailleur: Prada, Autumn/Winter 2009; brown used leather men’s belt: Prada, Spring/Summer 2007.

Miu Miu, Autumn/Winter 2011
Black felted-wool coat with white silk-crepe collar.

Men’s Trousers Tailleur Printed
Prada, Resort 2015
Dark blue check print wool-mix suit with top stitched embroidery; brown cotton shirt with top stitched details; dark blue and brown patent-leather slingback shoes with top stitched details.

Men’s Trouser Tailleur Jacquard
Miu Miu, Autumn/Winter 2012
Tobacco Art-Noveau patterned jacquard wool mix suit; black organza Silk shirt; pink Op-Art pattern jacquard duchesse-silk neckpiece and matching pochette; turquoise Op-Art patterned jacquard duchesse silk tie with mirror embroidery; tobacco lizard leather belt; natural lizard, white patent-leather and tobacco suede platform boots with black duchesse-silk details.

Glamour Hollywood
Prada, Spring/Summer 2007
Violet duchesse silk dress; black duchesse silk turban; brown used leather men’s belt.

Glamour Europe
Miu Miu, Autumn/Winter 2011
Black silk-crepe tea dress with silver paillette bird embroidery; black wool crepe mini-skirt with giant bows.

Pleated skirt/Fake Bourgeoise
Miu Miu, Autumn/Winter 2007
Camel wool cardigan; camel woven plastic crinoline box-pleated skirt; pink nylon stockings.

Pleated Skirt/Surrealist Bourgeoise
Prada, Spring/Summer 2000
Black fine wool cardigan; white crepe silk ‘Red Lips’ printed box-pleated skirt.

Fantasy Novice
Miu Miu, Spring/Summer 2008
Black silk-crepe long-sleeved short cape; black silk organza bloomers; white silk organza ruffled collar.

Prada, Autumn/Winter 2008
White cotton shirt with back button fastening; white cotton bib; nude stretch knit neckpiece; black cotton macramé lace skirt with matching peplum; dark brown suede, patent-leather and leather Art-Deco cut-out shoes.

Psychedelic Love
Miu Miu, Resort 2015
Emerald green suede sleeveless dress with dark blue embellishments; or- ange psychedelic-printed chiffon silk blouse with long scarf; dark blue suede lace-up sandals with mirrored heels.

Psychedelic Revolt
Prada, Spring/Sumer 2014
Cobalt blue with citrus bejewelled wool coat; military green wool bustier dress; military green wool bejewelled ‘Rainbow Warrior’ skirt; emerald green sports bandeau; military green sports skirt; black with citrus bejewelled sports socks; emerald green with pink rubber and sapphire bejewelled sports sandals.

Haute Mistress/Fur
Prada, Autumn/Winter 2013
& Spring/Summer 2007
Long natural black sable swing coat; black multi-layered silk chiffon with jet beads embroidered front-zip dress: Prada, Autumn/Winter 2013; black duchesse-silk pumps with Art-Deco heels: Prada, Spring/Summer 2007.

Sensual Play/Fur
Miu Miu, Spring/Summer 2013
White mink coat with black tie-dye plassée; black duchesse silk bra; beige plastic pencil skirt; black craquelé-leather pumps.

Fantasy Harlequin
Miu Miu, Spring/Summer 2008
Burgundy silk organza dress with ‘Harlequin’ print; red silk organza collar with ruffles.

Fantasy Nymph
Prada, Spring/Summer 2008
Forest green silk organza ruffled dress with ‘Nymph’ appliqué.

Designing for me is a very complex process.
There are many ideas that I want to express in one object, very often contradictory. The creative process in Miu Miu is completely different from that of Prada. Miu Miu is not as complicated and thought out as Prada. Rather than being young, Miu Miu is immediate. Prada is very sophisticated and considered; Miu Miu is much more naïve.
The solution, when I am working on Miu Miu, has to come immediately, instinctively, spontaneously with whatever is available at the moment. If I think three times, I stop.

Miuccia Prada, September 2014