1. She’s crazy smart.
After getting her Ph.D. in political science, Miuccia Prada got involved in her family’s business (making luxury leather bags) and convinced them to make a nylon backpack that became a must-have among the fashion set back in 1989. Fast-forward 25 years: She’s personally worth $12.4 billion (according to Forbes) and was ranked as the #67 most powerful woman in the world in 2012.
I want to make clothes that are beautiful, of course, but also clothes that are interesting and considered and intelligent and not out of place.
Portrait by Mikael Jansson for Interview magazine.
2. She’s a revolutionary.
She constantly pushes our idea of what’s possible, but instead of languishing in a rarefied, avant-garde ghetto, her boundary-pushing designs actually sell. A lot.
Fashion fosters cliches of beauty, but I want to tear them apart.
Promotional image from Prada’s 2008 collaboration with James Jean.
3. She’s a feminist who believes “strong” and “beautiful” are not mutually exclusive concepts.
I always loved aesthetics. Not particularly fashion, but an idea of beauty.
4. She’s inspiring.
Everybody knows that I don’t have a muse. I’m not interested in that.
5. She designed the costumes for The Great Gatsby.
‘Nuff said. (Check out Brittany’s excellent post to see costume sketches, thoughts on the movie and ways to rock your own Gatsby style.)