Looking for an outfit to ring in the New Year (at home, of course)? Upcycled by Miu Miu is a capsule collection of, well, upcycled vintage dresses that will surely look dazzling on-screen—and, hopefully in the near future, IRL. The 80 one-of-a-kind looks comprise styles from the ’30s to the ’80s, sourced from vintage dealers worldwide, then lovingly restored at the label’s atelier and finished with signature Miu Miu embellishments and embroideries.
A ’70s pink pleated crepe dress, for example, is adorned with feathered-hem detailing and a white crepe collar, then accessorized with a jeweled belt. A silver-and-gold knit cocktail dress from the same decade is customized with a silk bow, crystal neckline, and diamanté embellishment. And a ’60s coral crepe frock is modified with a white collar and contrasting black crepe panels. The unique pieces are divided between Miu Miu’s Milan, London, Paris, Moscow, New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and St. Moritz boutiques.
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Revisiting the past is certainly in Miu Miu’s wheelhouse. Designer Miuccia Prada often takes silhouettes from bygone eras and reimagines them for today. Think of her fall 2020 collection that riffs off the nipped waists and voluminous sleeves of the ’40s and the mod-inspired coats from the spring 2019 collection.
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But with Upcycled by Miu Miu, Prada and her team are following an eco-friendly mindset by making use of the actual styles that inspire them, rather than starting fresh with new materials. The quality and overall design are already there, and all that is needed is some accessorizing to give them a second life. And we can think of no better way to celebrate the end of 2020 than with a dress that is all about making old things fun and fresh.
This article first appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US