Monday, June 3, 2013

Miuccia Prada Says “You can hate yourself!”

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This weekend, there was a great article in T Magazine about Miuccia Prada. There are so few designers that actually have something interesting to say about fashion, society, or culture. But, Miuccia always seems to deliver the most interesting points of view.

 

I’ve always been a huge Prada fan, but for some reason right now, I’m really obsessed with her design, her company, and the mystique of the Prada world.

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  1. Emily

    June 3, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Miuccia is such an inspiration for a young artist such as myself, and this article really hit that home. I particularly loved her discussion of feminism, Liz Taylor, and her work being a self-portrait. Her inquisitive nature and stedfast determination to be true to herself is inspiring.

  2. bellaconscience

    June 3, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Prada-the intellectual in high fashion
    http://www.bellaconscience.com/

  3. Cristi

    June 3, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Read the article this weekend, truthful and insightful to the woman behind the brand. It’s so great that you are posting and sharing articles you read!

  4. robyn

    June 3, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Thank you so much for posting about this enigmatic, controversial, and talented lady.

    I’ve always thought of Prada as a kind of an ugly brand that is so popular it becomes beautiful, i had no idea this is what was intended to bring these notions of beauty to the surface.
    Well done.

    Robyn
    xo
    corridor47.com

  5. J

    June 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Prada is over. You missed the train.

    • The Sartorialist

      June 4, 2013 at 10:02 am

      sorry J,
      you’re gonna need to bring a little more to your argument if anyone is going to take you seriously

      • j

        June 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm

        I don’t argue that she is a great creative mind but Prada is not very relevant to influencing fashion right now as the brand only cares about selling leather goods. They could care less about clothing thats not an opinion it’s a truth.

        • Giuseppe

          June 6, 2013 at 7:17 am

          Well J… thats not correct, i agree with you that Prada’s leather goods, shoes, bags ecc are what makes their brand name strong, but their clothing line its amazing, men suits, outerwear, women clothing its far from great, and its for sure not over, Prada in 2012-2013 its one of the clothing line that opened them most new stores around the world, so they are doing super, thanks to Miuccia’s design and Mr. Bertelli (her husband) business skills.

  6. Mia

    June 4, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Miuccia has always been my role model, she has a great personality:)

  7. Denisa

    June 4, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Perfect photo and I didnt see that article. Have a great day.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

  8. Allison

    June 4, 2013 at 2:30 am

    What a great photo! It looks like she’s walked into a de Chirico painting.

  9. Clym Evernden

    June 4, 2013 at 4:07 am

    if there’s one person in the world I wish I could illustrate for it’s Miuccia.
    http://www.clymevernden.co.uk/Clym_Evernden/Home.html

  10. Markus

    June 4, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Ty for sharing this!

    I’m “obsessed” with them since i had bought my first piece of the Linea Rossa collection back in 1998 and what they are doing still stirs me to date.

    Imho there are two important sections in this article:

    “Yet there may be an essence in Prada’s work that says no to self-satisfaction. It doesn’t say: “You’re lovely. You deserve this. You’re worth it.” It says something more like, “Who are you? Dare to find out. And dare to be otherwise.””

    “The complication is that the people the Prada consumers often want to seduce are themselves. We want to test who we can be in an atmosphere not bloated with obvious effort. Prada’s clothes make you feel you are appearing at your most calm and your least demonstrative, which is a kind of freedom for people who yearn to look good but don’t want the yearning to show.”

    This is so true and at the same time it completely contradicts itself. The label has found a way to make people sizzle inside while waiting what kind of tools for projecting the self to yourself and to others it will offer next season.

    What fascinates me in particular in the garments i consider as my key pieces, especially black and white label, is their “bland boldness”. They seem to scream “i don’t care” and at the same time they shout “Look at me!” like a Versace. But it is a different shout. The shell they provide makes people look at you, devoid of any dĂ©cor it is the you that is exposed.

    They seem to be completely dried-out of an individual expression while they coat you with just that. Of course you cannot avoid making a statement because with that idea taken as a basis you are making a statement nonetheless.

    Plus they are 100 percent design as they manage to take an idea to a logical prada-esque extreme with every turn and twist they manage to include, with every cross-refence, quote and irritation. Of course there is more i could go on about – cut, material, color, you name it. But it shall remain short a comment ;-)

    In the end it sums up to “This is me” – which is titillating.

  11. Anna

    June 4, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Behind all the big names, no matter in fashion, art or other areas there has to be a great history. By the way,thanks for sharing/ I am gonna look for this article.

    Anna from
    http://www.affecteepar.com.

  12. Michael

    June 4, 2013 at 5:51 am

    I once sold a painting and treated myself to a pair of Prada trousers that were like pyjamas – I loved them. Bought them in Dublin and felt really sophisticated!
    However, I needed the waist letting out a few years later and an ex friend who claimed to be a seamstress butchered them!
    Love the photo for the article. Will read with much interest, thanks for sharing.

  13. Chahrazad

    June 4, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Prada has lots of nice things. And its true, you can hate yourself. Though, I hope I will never hate myself.

    x
    http://www.thecherryfactor.com

  14. inesangelo

    June 4, 2013 at 5:57 am

    She has charisma, and that is something not so easy to find.

  15. i am not a celebrity

    June 4, 2013 at 6:23 am

    A conflicted feminist, indeed. What’s not to love?

  16. PIERRE

    June 4, 2013 at 6:46 am

    PERFECTION!

  17. Gian Luca M

    June 4, 2013 at 8:12 am

    …italian style…

    Gian Luca M

    http://laterzapaginablog.com/

  18. Alicja Hlibowicka

    June 4, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Powerful view on life. Powerful attitude on her work. Timeless clothing.

  19. Simbarashe

    June 4, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Scott, is there something in particular that intrigues you more so than normal?
    http://lordashbury.com

    • The Sartorialist

      June 4, 2013 at 10:05 am

      I love that she keeps you guessing each season. Like Marc Jacobs, you never know what you’re going to see but it will be strong and thought provoking.

  20. G

    June 4, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Love her brands .. Miu Miu in particular ..

    xo
    http://g-lovefashion.blogspot.it/

  21. vveruvvolf

    June 4, 2013 at 9:57 am

    amazing capture.
    lionstigersandteddy.tumblr.com

  22. Candice@NotesFromABroadblog

    June 4, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Oh , Prada and I have been having a long love affair and it has not lessened one bit over time.
    I am proud to have a few Prada handbags and my goal is to have more than a few pieces of Prada clothing.

  23. MB@FabricUiPhoneApp

    June 4, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I like this photograph…and at first I thought it was a 1950s picture with the coat Miuccia Prada is wearing. She looks so classy in that coat. I’d love to have a coat like this in my collection, I may have to dig in my stash of Vogue Patterns to see if I got something that nearly matches. Then head over to Vogue Fabrics to see what kind of wools would work….

    • JF-D

      June 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      I just love that you are going to make your own coat . . . and somehow I think that Miuccia would like the idea too . . .

  24. Judith A. Ross

    June 4, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I, too, loved reading about her, Scott. And that quote about how its more important to know yourself than like yourself, “You can hate yourself!” is something I’ve been thinking about the last couple of days. I would hope that if one truly hated oneself that they could then change that in some way — knowing yourself is the first step to understanding why you are who you are.

    And also, the clothes and what she said about how she designs them — and why she’s not bothered by copycats. Fascinating. Someday, perhaps, before I’m too old, I’ll own a little piece of Prada. But for now, it’s enough to see it worn by others.

  25. N

    June 4, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Prada might be nice, but the designs are so simple in much of their items, the price is REDICULOUS. even Armani stuff costs less. case in point. they sell a silk piece of cloth 12×12# neck scarf for about $200

  26. jice

    June 4, 2013 at 10:30 am

    This is a very beautiful image and is clearly influenced by the Italian Pittura Metafisica painters of the early 20th century. A great contemporary interpretation. Brava!

  27. abigail

    June 4, 2013 at 11:17 am

    such a great read. i loved how she said that fashion was the worst place to be for a leftist feminist when she started so she’s actively geared the company towards other endeavors. gotta love a strong woman with even stronger convictions.

    abigail
    http://www.farandwildjewelry.com

  28. carole

    June 4, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I totally agree with you. I read the article on Sunday and I, too, have become obsessed with all things Prada.
    The person above who said Prada is over and you missed the train is obviously going in the wrong direction!

  29. Ab e

    June 4, 2013 at 11:59 am

    A good read. Thank you.

  30. handMODE

    June 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    2 things to say:
    1/Miuccia Prada is one of these designers who push the esthetical limits each seasons. More than a designer, a visionnaire.
    2/Mr. Schumann are you really reading each comments? ;-)

  31. Nini Piccola

    June 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    She is the best.

  32. JF-D

    June 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Really thanks for highlighting this interview . . . I think it works well because of the meeting of minds . . . Miuccia and O’Hagan who is a very thoughtful writer . . .

  33. milex

    June 4, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I try to believe in her words but I still hate myself.

  34. Herrberguist

    June 5, 2013 at 2:29 am

    I absorb everything she says like a sponge whenever I read her interviews! Truly genius. Love her!

  35. Maureen F.

    June 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I believe that Miuccia is the intellectual’s designer. She lets her designs speak for themselves. She does not grandstand and need to be “seen” in order for her brand to be relevant. I find her to be very refreshing in today’s crop of self absorbed designers…

    Thank you for sharing the article.

  36. Catharine

    June 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Scott, thanks! It is the first time I really got to know the person behind Miu Miu. Sucn a nice article and an inspiring woman!

  37. Alessia

    June 7, 2013 at 2:43 am

    love miuccia!

    TheChicolat

  38. James Curran

    June 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Thanks, really enjoyed the article. The real eccentrics in design are much more interesting than the on-screen caricatures.

  39. Julia

    June 18, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Being “obsessed” with Prada right now isn’t exactly uniqe or strange, with the whole Gatsby hype, everyone have a thing for Prada atm.

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