You may have missed the recent news that Miuccia Prada is a massive fan of aprons. Yes, aprons. Quick, rush out and buy one before the hipsters do!
Personally, I’m thrilled that one of Italy’s most famous fashion designers and I have something in common. I love aprons. When we moved house I realised I had a whole boxful and put a temporary stop on acquiring any more, but I think it’s time to start again.
Sure, mine aren’t as old as some in the Costume Institute’s collection, but they still have historical importance. There’s my first apron, a striped seersucker number that buttons up at the back that I wore at about four years old, a collection of delicately smocked and embroidered 1950s ones my sister gave me, the Liberty print apron my clever workmate and friend Jo made me in return for me giving her my job (I got the better deal) and my favourite, a plain white one that came from The Ritz in Paris.
Then there’s the one pictured above, a delicate rose print with an organza overskirt and ties for the party hostess. I actually wore this a couple of years ago when we had people coming for dinner. Some of them got it, the others just looked at me like I was mad. Those ones didn’t get invited back.
Do you want to see the rest?