Unexpected music from Prada catwalk shows

Our fashion editor prides himself in being able to recognise and correctly position any Prada item within its collection. Unsurprisingly, he is also able to match every collection with the stellar soundscape Frederic Sanchez has designed for it.

Together with Miss Prada herself, Mr. Sanchez has been able to conjure entire stylistic universes just by pairing, say, thigh-high wellington boots and Avant-Garde metal from Slovenia. Together, they went as far as suggesting one to wear their crimpled pencil skirt in golden lame while listening to some Elvis.

Looking at the musical history of a brand like Prada is, however, full of little surprises: Whereas its eccentric musical gusto has now become instantly recognisable, there have been times where one really did not expect to hear, say, a Lady Sovereign hit from 2005. Maybe elegantly blended in alongside Shubert or Klaus Nomi.

These are ten examples of songs that unexpectedly showed up on the runway.

To our utter delight.

Women Spring 2005 / How Can a Man Dubwise – Clappers All Stars


Women Spring 2010 / Lip Gloss – Lil Mama


Men Fall 2011 / Ace of Spades – Motörhead


Women Spring 2011 / Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Santa Esmeralda


Men Fall 2010 / My Secret Lover (Diplo Remix) – Private


Women Spring 2014 / Work B**ch – Britney Spears


Women Fall 2006 / Random – Lady Sovereign

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Women Spring 2004 / Rhymin’ and Stealin’ – The Beastie Boys


Women Fall 2006 / Drop it Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dog


Men Fall 2005 / Cachao’s Guiro – Cachao


Listen to the playlist here

By Matteo Sarti



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