14 Quotes to Live by, as Told by the Genius Miuccia Prada

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Arguably one of the most powerful and influential designers living today, Miuccia Prada can be likened more to a thinker than a creative. Concerned more with ideas than with designs, she is an intellectual and non-conformist who values substance over style. Here, we’ve gathered the often quote-worthy first lady in fashion’s best advice — about work, art, beauty, love, life, and beyond.

1

“If I have done anything, it is to make ugly appealing. In fact, most of my work is concerned with destroying — or at least deconstructing — conventional ideas of beauty, of the generic appeal of the beautiful, glamorous, bourgeois woman. Fashion fosters clichés of beauty, but I want to tear them apart.”

2

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today when human contacts go so fast. Fashion is instant language.”

3

“You cannot do something just for the money. You have to do things you believe in and eventually you will make money.”

4

“I don't believe in people who think that clothes are not important.”

5

“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.”

6

“You have to always work against what you did before, and even against your taste.”

7

“It's horrible when people are only interested in buying labels, because it doesn't bring them the happiness they think it will.”

8

“Nostalgia is a very complicated subject for me. I'm attracted by nostalgia but I refuse it intellectually.”

9

“For me, art is about learning and about living with people. It's alive.”

10

“Women always try to tame themselves as they get older, but the ones who look best are often a bit wilder.”

11

“Ugly is attractive, ugly is exciting. Maybe because it is newer. The investigation of ugliness is, to me, more interesting than the bourgeois idea of beauty. And why? Because ugly is human.”

12

“You have to embrace the world if you want to live in it now.”

13

“Women often don't want to admit that they like fashion. And yet fashion enthralls everyone, from the taxi driver to the mega-intellectual. I have often asked myself why this is. I don't know the answer.”

14

“Basically I'm trying to make men more sensitive and women stronger.”

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14 Quotes to Live by, as Told by the Genius Miuccia Prada

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