Conquer ageing through creativity
It’s easy to look to Miuccia Prada as simply an icon of fashion. Not only is she granddaughter of Mario Prada, the founder of the Prada label, she is also designer for the label Miu Miu from the Prada house. Her label is elegant and distinctive in its integration of retro, feminine and the contemporary.
But there’s more to this woman than pretty frocks and handbags.
Her new art centre, The Fondazione Prada in Milan, stands as testament to Prada’s idea that art and culture are important and relevant.
Prada studied political science, was a member of the Italian Communist party and a feminist activist in the 70s. She was also listed in 2014 by Forbes as the 75th most powerful woman in the world. Prada inherited her grandfather’s company in 1978. Its sales yield in the vicinity of 4.5 billion dollars annually. She has an estimated net worth of 11.1 million dollars.
“ …an artist can have a comeback. ”
She’s quoted in The Guardian as saying:
If you don’t work, if you depend on a man for your bread, how can you be happy? If you are young and blond, maybe he will love an older one with black hair. So just live your life. This is so obvious. I think women can go on having lovers until they are 100.”
And speaking of getting older…
At 66, Prada is active in promoting the commercial and creative viability of older people:
From a commercial point of view, eventually people will start saying [being older] is fantastic. You won’t convince people with models, but when each of us really believes in ourselves, and feels good and beautiful and sexy and secure, that will be it.”
Prada says it’s a problem to think that an artist has only one great period. Because we live for longer now, “an artist can have a comeback.”
This vision is a liberating one, especially for anyone who’s thinking she’s had her day.
What if we’re all artists with the opportunity for a comeback?
How will yours look?