White collar work is the religion of the 21st century. It’s where we seek validation and meaning; it’s how we understand our place in the world. The office is the place where we come together in search of something larger than ourselves. Especially in the wake of #metoo, it’s where morals and ethics are debated and reworked, cemented as mandates and codes that the rest of society follows.
Still, it was surprising that Prada’s Fall/Winter 2022 show took work as its theme—“Body of Work,” as the show was titled. The average Prada shopper probably has not been to an office in almost two years, trading business-casual for just casual—though from a cynical (or maybe just late capitalist) perspective, many people have made the pandemic about the right, the privilege, or the desire to work (or not work). Given that the global attitude towards work is, well, not great—so many