Fashion and feminism. Two worlds that typically don’t mix. Fashion, occasionally, gets bad raps for exploiting the female body, for using sex as a selling point, and most often making females stress about looking perfect. It’s an industry that’s often associated with vanity and self-consumption. Feminists blame it for body shaming, and abusing the female form simply for sales and advertisement. Yet there is one woman who celebrates these two words flawlessly: Miuccia Prada.
Miuccia Prada is a woman that stands for many things; self-expression, feminism, political expression and fashion. She somehow incorporates her belief system into her clothes; and in every design, there is an underlying political statement. As each of her designs comes on to the runway you can see her celebrating women’s history, and as we get closer and closer to the finale you can almost feel a slight roar in your chest that is chanting for feminine strength. Her designs speak their own language—they have a touch of tradition that meets modernism, they don’t scream outrageous feminist stereotypes but they do scream of practicality, beauty, and seduction. She acknowledges the the female body and self-expression but in her own way; without challenging the beliefs of a feminist. Just like two worlds living together in perfect harmony.
In an interview with i-D, Prada relates feminism as “[…] the history of women. Women have more facets. We are so much more complex than a man. She has to be a mother, a lover, a worker, a beauty... We explored these different moments—different dramas, different happiness. She's beautiful when she's unhappy and she's beautiful when she's vulnerable. Because we need to understand where we are now.”
Prada’s work is for the everyday woman. Unlike other designers with a theatrical or bold aesthetics, you can see that Prada is coming from a place that celebrates practicality while glorifying it. Her designs are for seductive women who remain impeccable; ranging from beautiful two-piece bathing suit to flawless jackets. Every type of woman is celebrated in Prada’s shows and it is almost impossible to not see yourself in one of her pieces. Prada has brought feminism and fashion together allowing women to make a political statement through clothing while remaining fashionable.