By Salma Awwad
The special event in May will include the opening of the first ever Pradasphere café
Italian fashion house Prada is developinga special exhibition, known as the Pradasphere, which will go on display at London's Harrods, the luxury department store owned by Qatar.
Throughout the month of May, the Prada “takeover” of Harrods will include a retrospective exhibition developed exclusively for the store.
The showcase will catalogue the multifaceted activities of the brand – from fashion and accessories to architecture and cinema.
The store’s exhibition windows will be clad in iconic pieces from the Prada archives, coupled with an exclusive capsule collection inspired by Prada’s last 100 years.
This event will mark the opening of the first ever Pradasphere café. Housed on the store’s fourth floor, the new concept will be adjoined by a broad spectrum of historic collections, special projects, and experiments.
Helen David, fashion director of womenswear, accessories, fine jewellery and childrenswear at Harrods, said: “We are delighted to work with Italy’s finest fashion house to bring the Prada universe to life.
“Pradasphere will offer our customers a singular experience and the opportunity to shop an exclusive Prada collection found nowhere else.”
Qatar Holding bought the Knightsbridge store in 2010 for a reported £1.5bn ($2.4bn) from Mohamed Al Fayed. Up until last year, Harrods’ new owners had spent £250m ($412m) upgrading the store.