Slowly and Steadily, Snails Have Overtaken the Runway

In an era of expediency, gastropods are oozing into fashion and design — and reminding us that we, too, can take our time.

In September, at Prada’s spring 2024 women’s show, models walked between translucent curtains of pink slime that dripped from the ceiling and pooled on the floor. The brand referred to them as “fluid interruptions,” a concept that was echoed in the collection’s flowing organza dresses and fringed skirts. Above all, though, it evoked the secretions of a snail, an animal that has recently been crawling into the realms of design and fashion.

In an accelerated age, it makes sense that we’d revere a creature that moves through the

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