Miuccia Prada Is ‘Not Really Interested In Clothes’
As anyone with even a slight interest in the fashion industry will tell you, the importance of Miuccia Prada can’t be overstated. Which is why the designer makes for an excellent choice for the newest cover of T: The New York Times Magazine with a headline proclaiming just that. But even though she is something of an oracle when it comes to what we will be wearing months before anyone else, Prada tells the magazine that the very things she’s known for don’t really interest her at all.
As the eminently quotable, enigmatic designer tells writer Andrew O’Hagan:
“When I started, fashion was the worst place to be if you were a leftist feminist. It was horrid. I had a prejudice, yes, I always had a problem with it,” she said. “I suppose I felt guilty not to be doing something more important, more political. So in a way I am trying to use the company for these other activities.” She later added, “I’m not interested in the silhouette and I’m not able to draw. It’s complicated. I am trying to work out which images of the female I want to analyze. I’m not really interested in clothes or style.”
Nor, as it turns out, is she particularly inspired by beauty, despite its being the defacto currency of the industry she so staunchly defends:
“This is a question close to the meaning of my job. Ugly is attractive, ugly is exciting. Maybe because it is newer,” she said. “The investigation of ugliness is, to me, more interesting than the bourgeois idea of beauty. And why? Because ugly is human. It touches the bad and the dirty side of people. You know, this might have been a scandal in fashion but in other fields of art it is common: in painting and in movies, it was so common to see ugliness. But, yes, it was not used in fashion and I was very much criticized for inventing the trashy and the ugly.”
So next time you wake up feeling like less than your stunning self, just remember Miuccia Prada’s words and all will be ok.
Check out the cover below, and for more of Mrs. Prada’s quotable moments, read up on her thoughts on the Gatsby costumes, the “abandonment” of the Italian fashion industry, and her unique method of blog consumption: