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Miuccia: I’m Super Happy

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1335698425818This spring, Prada will become the latest designer to be honored at the Costume Institute at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, in a retrospective that pairs her with the great iconoclast Elsa Schiaparelli, who died in 1973. Prada’s response to “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” has been mixed, in part because the two women are quite different in personality and sensibility. “On one side, I’m very happy. On the other, it’s very scary because it’s someone else’s interpretation,” Prada says. “But I decided that of course I’m super happy.”

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“I didn’t want to be restricted to the rules [of high fashion]. I was looking at the colors and homes and other places and elements that were not part of the elitist world of my clients,” Prada says. “I also struggled instinctively against the cliché of a beautiful, rich woman.” She adds: “I have nothing against a beautiful, rich woman—just the cliché of it.”

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“I realized my job is to define—well not to define because that’s so pretentious—but to understand: What does it mean? Beauty, today, for a woman?”

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“I realized that so many clever people respect fashion so much and through my job ... I have an open door to any kind of field,” she says. “It’s a way of investigating all the different universes: architecture, art, film.”

 


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“I also realized people respect me because I’m good in my job.”