A Prada State of Mind

In the 1980s, Miuccia Prada changed luxury fashion irrevocably by introducing nylon to the catwalk. Three decades on, as she tells Claudia Croft, she remains a revolutionary.

In the 1980s, Miuccia Prada changed luxury fashion irrevocably by introducing nylon to the catwalk. Three decades on, as she tells Claudia Croft, she remains a revolutionary.


Prada is the most unlikely-looking punk, but that is how she sees herself. "It's true," she explains, grey pearl-drop earrings dancing at her earlobes as she speaks. "Not punk in a superficial way, but in finding a way to change things, to go against the system." For Prada, punk is not about safety pins through noses. Punk is a state of mind, an approach to life and a constant, restless questioning of the status quo.


 
 
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Turtle Neck, Size 44 / $298  Skirt, Size 40 / $248  Square Toe Pump, Size 39.5 / $298
 

Prada has a habit of taking familiar classics or the clichés of good taste and turning them into something strange.

Wedge

$198 / Size 36.5

 
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Dress, Size 42 / $298          Sneakers, Size 37 + 38 Available / $448
 
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Pleated Dress, Size 42 / $398          Vitello Daino Zip Tote / $1998

For all their quirk, there's a provocative assertiveness to her designs. A woman wearing Prada can't be ignored.


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Boots

$348 / Size 36

 
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Dress, Size 42 / $398          Patent Leather Pumps, size 40.5 / $298
 
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Skirt, Size 40 / $248  Blazer, Size 38 / $348  Coral Suede Pumps, Size 38.5 / $348
“You can wear the most powerful dress and not be powerful. You can dress like a stupid little girl and be super-powerful. Sexiness, it’s in the mind, it’s not in what you wear. In that sense, I think that clothes are just something that you use. But it’s not that the dress transforms a person.”
— Miuccia Prada

Text excerpts taken from Miuccia Prada’s Interview with Vogue UK