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Ode to the Prada Pumps

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, the Manolo’s smart internet friend the Almost Girl, she has written the ode to her Prada pumps. Here is the excerpt.

Ohh little Prada pumps
The perfection of your form helps me to take my lumps
I survive the bumps and chumps in your comfortable embrace
You save me in any situation from possible fashion disgrace!
Your lambskin leather once supple and new has acquired a lived in form
I bless the day in which the Muse Muicca assured that you were born
Over rough city streets and corporate boardrooms you help me stride without fear
I brush off the jeers of nay sayers with nary a tear

You must go read the whole thing to experience the sort of devotion that our muse the Miuccia has inspired in many, including the Manolo and the Almost Girl.

Vandals at the Prada Marfa

Sunday, October 30th, 2005
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, here is article from the Houston Press about the vandalism at the Prada Marfa.

Actually, the store sat right where it was intended to sit. But it didn’t last long in its unlikely environs. Just two days after the opening, someone broke in. The front door was smashed, and all the shoes and handbags inside vanished. In their place, two spray-painted messages appeared on the store’s exterior: “Dum Dum” and “Dumb.” The day after the crime, police began an investigation. Security stickers were tacked to nearby fence posts. An alarm system was installed, and sheriff’s deputies were brought in to protect the store at night. The building was repaired, and a new shipment of luxury goods was on the way.

In all the hubbub, it was easy to forget an important fact: The Prada store wasn’t a store at all. It was a $100,000 permanent art installation by Berlin-based artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, meant to comment upon Western affluence and gentrification. The door was never intended to be opened. Viewers were meant to stare through the windows at the goods inside but never handle them. The artists had asked Miuccia Prada to donate goods for display, and she had hand-picked six purses and 14 right shoes for the project.

The show’s funders knew the facade wouldn’t last. They were even quoted in The New York Times saying they expected vandals. “If someone spray-paints graffiti or a cowboy decides to use it for target practice or maybe a mouse or a muskrat makes a home in it, 50 years from now it will be a ruin that is a reflection of the time it was made,” said Yvonne Force Villareal, president of the Art Production Fund in New York. But they had hoped it would decay with time — not, apparently, overnight.

Down the road, vandalism might not have been such a big deal. “The fact for us is it happened quickly, too quickly, without any time for the art to exist,” said Art Production Fund co-founder/director Doreen Remen. Which is why the decision was made to clean up the mess, bring in new shoes and bags, and get security.

E-mailing from Berlin, the artists insisted they hadn’t expected vandals or an alarm system. And they didn’t expect the level of animosity the project generated.

The break-in brought a lot of attention to the installation. Gallery-hoppers in Marfa started scanning eBay daily, awaiting the re-emergence of the stolen goods, while Jeff Davis County Sheriff Tom Roberts told the local press he was on the lookout for a one-legged woman with a taste for high fashion.

Ha! The Sheriff he has the sense of the humor.

Even More Prada Marfa

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, here is the official website for the Prada Marfa.

And, here is the long article with the pictures from the El Paso Times. The Manolo he is now considering making the trip out to the desert of the west Texas to see this most curious and entertaining piece of art.

More Prada Marfa

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005
By Manolo

Manolo says, here is the link to the site that has more pictures of the very amusing Prada Marfa

P.S. Many thanks to the Manolo’s internet friend the Kim for the link.

Prada Marfa

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005
By Manolo

Prada Marfa

Manolo says, from the Times of the New York comes this most amusing art story.

TEXAS, as big as it is, does not have a Prada store. It does have Neiman Marcus, which carries plenty of Prada merchandise, but the state cannot boast a free-standing store dedicated to Miuccia Prada’s expensive shoes and oddly shaped bags.

But come Saturday it will look as if a tornado had picked up a Prada store and dropped it on a desolate strip of U.S. 90 in West Texas. That is where Prada Marfa, a permanent sculpture by the Berlin artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset will be installed. (Actually it will go up in Valentine, Tex., about 26 miles outside Marfa, a town of 2,400 that has become a magnet for artists and art lovers.)

The sculpture is meant to look like a Prada store, with minimalist white stucco walls and a window display housing real Prada shoes and handbags from the fall collection. But there is no working door.

A few years ago, when much of the SoHo art scene was being chased to Chelsea by the proliferation of designer shops, Elmgreen & Dragset, as the artists are known, installed signs in the windows of a Chelsea gallery that read, “Prada, Coming Soon.” It was enough to temporarily fool and impress Yvonne Force Villareal and Doreen Remen, who are producing Prada Marfa through their nonprofit Art Production Fund with support from Ballroom Marfa, a performance and alternative-art space in Marfa.

“We loved this proposal for many reasons,” Ms. Villareal said. “We loved the idea of the piece being born on Oct. 1 and that it will never again be maintained. If someone spray-paints graffiti or a cowboy decides to use it as target practice or maybe a mouse or a muskrat makes a home in it, 50 years from now it will be a ruin that is a reflection of the time it was made.”

The piece hints at subjects to which designers are sensitive: the unchecked growth of luxury brands, the temporal relevance of fashion, retail as tourism and a culture that is devoted to buying and selling. But Ms. Villareal said that Miuccia Prada had given the artists the permission to use her trademark for the work. She also picked out the shoes.

The Prada Marfa, it makes the Manolo laugh just thinking about it…but is it art?

Yes! It is Prada, no?

Artful Fake Out

Thursday, February 17th, 2005
By Manolo

Manolo says, this link it is an interesting piece of the art, one that is based on the advertisement from the Prada.

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