Thom Browne goes coed, CSM draws criticism and more of the news from this week

Coming to London in September: “Prada: Front and Back”
London’s Design Museum has gained access to Prada‘s archives in Milan for its upcoming exhibition “Prada: Front and Back”. Beginning in September, the show will contextualize a curation of the Italian house’s archives led by Deyan Sudjic. In addition to a comprehensive look at the history of the brand, “Front and Back,” will examine the extent of influence of Miuccia Prada, past present and future. [Evening Standard]

Thom Browne Combining Men’s and Women’s Come F/W 2020
Come Paris Fashion Week F/W 2020, Thom Browne will be combining its men’s and women’s collections into a single, coed show. The decision follows similar moves by other brands, like Versace, who have chosen the coed runway format. That said, Gucci, recently announced the end of their combined men’s and women’s runway for now. [WWD]

There is a Maison Margiela Documentary From Director Reiner Holzemer
After his abrupt departure from his namesake label in 2008, the elusive Belgian designer has finally opened up for Reiner Holzemer’s (“DRIES”) new documentary “Martin Margiela: In His Own Words”. In the film, the now retired and always deeply private designer reflects on his storied career digging through personal archives in this rare portrait.

Central Saint Martins Project Draws Criticism
Screenshots posted to the school’s Instagram stories showcasing student work from a Damien Poulain project, specifically a “Made in China £0 Worth” slogan, caused ire from Chinese students and alumni as well as online commenters, calling the matter racist. The school’s textile course posted a response saying, “They were tasked with writing a manifesto that addressed the issues ranging from global warming, consent, free choice, whaling, connectivity, fast fashion and a multitude of other social responsibilities,” continuing, “The groups of people who made the works weren’t being derogatory but we understand that without seeing the prep work and development, the banner itself can be taken out of context.” As backlash spread online, an open letter to the school deemed the apology insincere. [WWD]

screenshot from @fashion_textiles_csm

Condé Nast France is Getting a New President
Starting December Javier Pascual del Olmo will be replacing Condé Nast France’s current president, Yves Bougnon, who is said to be stepping down from the role. Bougnon had only held presidency for a year. Wolfgang Blau, Condé Nast’s global chief operating officer and president, said, as reported by WWD, “Yves has overseen the growth of the digital revenues in France and of the video formats, particularly related to GQ and Vogue. He has also reinvigorated Vanity Fair under Joseph Ghosn’s new editorship.” [WWD]

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