Miuccia Prada: ‘I thought fashion was dumb’
Published 02/11/2012 | 15:43
Italian fashion designer Miuccia Prada has admitted that wanting to be a fashion designer "was really the worst thing that could happen to me."
She's known as the one of the world's most innovative designers, the creator of some of fashion's most iconic pieces and collections, so it's surprising to hear the Miuccia Prada used to think fashion was "dumb".
"To want to be a fashion designer was really the worst thing that could happen to me," Prada told The Guardian of her career aspirations. "I thought it was dumb and conservative [...] But my education at home pulled the other way, giving me a taste for beautiful things, an instinct for fashion. I adored that."
The Italian designer studied for a PhD in political science, trained as a mime artist and enjoyed a stint as an activist for the Communist party PC before finally realising that she wanted to go into the fashion business and joining the luxury leather goods company her grandfather had founded - and which is now, under her leadership, one of the world's most powerful and influential brands.
She met her now-husband and business partner Patrizio Bertelli in 1978 at a leather fair, where she is said to have accused him of copying her designs before suggesting they form a partnership.
"Fashion moves so fast," Prada told the publication. "I work on waves which break really quickly. You can catch them, or you miss them in no time at all."
By Bibby Sowray, Telegraph.co.uk