Miuccia Prada opens up to Italian Daily about politics, love and 'The Devil Wears Prada'

Miuccia Prada opens up to Italian Daily about politics, love and 'The Devil Wears Prada'

"The film, on the other hand, was fun..."

Site: Italian Daily

Miuccia Prada opens up to Italian Daily about her political past, her relationship with "anarchist" husband, Patrizio Bertelli and the impending opening of the new Fondazione Prada art museum in Venice. Get the scoop here...

Miuccia Prada talks candidly with Italian Daily discussing topics that range from the upcoming opening of the new Fondazione Prada art museum in Venice, to the impending Milan Expo 2015. 

Opening up about her relationship with husband, Prada chief executive officer Patrizio Bertelli, whom she met at a trade show, Prada discusses the differences and similarities between them. Noting a difference in political persuasions, (Prada used to be involved in Italy's Communist party decades ago) she said: "Bertelli is more of an anarchist than a child of the PCI [Italian Communist party]." She went on to say that the pair rarely argue about important matters: "[we argue], about unimportant things. I don't know, like making spaghetti or pizza. When it comes to very important things, we think alike. We have a very similar mental outlook."

Speaking about her political past Prada elaborated on her involvement in the women's movement of the Sixties, sharing that: "I was in the women's movement, but rather than the feminists, I chose the UDI, the Union of Women, which was closer to the PCI. Perhaps it had a more orderly spirit: less rebellious, more pragmatic. The feminists supported absolute freedom. The PCI was focused on day care, on clinics."

Prada discussed art and culture and landed on the impending Expo 2015 that is set to hit her city of Milan next week. Slightly dubious about the aims of the broad exposition she said: "At first I was a little negative. Now I hope it will be good for the city," she said. "It seemed to me that there were more urgent things to spend all that money on. But the theme of nutrition is important. And there are so many people who have mobilized. How the Expo will turn out, I don't know."

She talked about Italy's position on the world stage and important it is to part of the global community: "if you are only Italian, you're cut off from the world. If you're not international, you don't exist."

As Prada prepares to open its Fondazione Prada in May this year, on a new site in Venice, she cuts through the debate about whether Venice is becoming swamped in tourism: "It's important that tourism exists," she went on to add that it would be too easy to criticise the consumerism and commercialism of the richly cultural town but producing viable alternatives is a huge challenge, so she would hesitate to criticise. 

Joking about the early 2000 book The Devil Wears Prada that bares her name, she admits she was not a huge fan: "I was terrified: the book was awful," joyfully adding that when the 2006 film of the same name was released, starring Meryl Streep as the eponymous 'devil' she saw the funny side: "The film, on the other hand, was fun."