Must-read: Mira Duma asks Gaia Repossi the ultimate 31 questions
Heroes, heritage and happiness
F ollowing on from Gaia Repossi's exclusive interview with Mira Duma, the pair discuss art and change, the impact of feminism on the world of jewellery and death with an ocean view. Plus, discover what makes this heiress and Creative Director of Repossi tick...
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
What is your greatest fear?
To have no fear. When you have no fear, you also have no feelings, which means you are no longer alive.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I am too stubborn and I jump into things too fast.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
I don't know... It's hard to judge people. The important thing is not to expect too much.
Which living person do you most admire?
What is your greatest extravagance?
What is your current state of mind?
I'm excited by change.
What is the most over-rated virtue?
Being too polite, which stops you from saying what you should say.
On what occasion would you lie?
Not to hurt someone.
What do you dislike about your appearance?
I don't know... My nose?
Which living person do you dislike?
What is the quality you like most in men?
What is the quality you most dislike in men?
What is the quality you like most in women?
The ability to do several things at the same time.
What is the quality you most dislike in women?
Lack of stability.
When and where were you the happiest?
I'm very happy right now!
Which talent would you most like to possess?
I would like to be a better painter or maybe a writer. I can write but it's very messy.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Going ahead with life and work without being afraid of failure.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing - what would you be?
A bird. Just to be able to go anywhere when I need to.
Where would you most love to live?
By the ocean.
What is your most treasured possession?
A pendant that my grandfather gave me. It's a pendant that he designed a long time ago and he kept it, it has my initials on it.
What is your favourite book?
The Sad Tropics by Claude Lévi-Strauss. It's an anthropological and philosophical novel that has a lot of narration on the future of the Third World.
What is your favourite thing to do?
Painting and travelling — but not for work!
What do you most value in your friends?
The support that I get from them.
Who are your heroes in real life?
I think that the ability to initiate change is important, so I admire people who are not afraid to change themselves and the world around them. What you see happening lately with new technology, a president of African-American descent in the States, women winning elections — these are the heroes.
What are your favourite names?
I studied archaeology and anthropology so I like names like Prometey, Antigone, Andromede, Alexander... Those are the names that make me dream.
What do you dislike most of all?
What is your greatest regret?
To not have trusted my imagination and my intuition. I've trusted them a lot, but not enough.
What are you dreaming about?
To find balance in life.
How would you like to die?
By the ocean.
What is your motto in life?
Do not be afraid of change.