I just read this interview of Miuccia Prada, the woman behind the the label. She amazes me! Forthright and pretty blunt. Here’s my favorite part:
It’s what I say all the time to my girls in the office here: The more they dress for sex, the less they will have love or sex. These girls throw away so much energy in this search for beauty and sexiness. I think that the old rules were much more clever and better than the rules now…
With women, the more unhappy they are, the more undressed they are. This is true. Dignity’s another very important part of this. Sex and the City is the opposite of dignity. You have to have dignity for your body—this is with men and women. You need to have dignity towards how you are, how you dress, how you behave. Very important. Men are always much more dignified than most women…
Because women have the stress of being beautiful, of age and youth. Men don’t have all that. And with women, that stress causes a lot of mistakes and bad choices—a lot of not being their true self.
I guess for women, we have to ask ourselves who we dress for, and why we dress the way we do. I think to some degree, all heterosexual women dress to attract men. On that note, the question I pose now is, what kind of men do we want to attract?
Regina Schmiedike also wrote an article about this topic: “In Modesty and Beauty – The Lost Connection.” She says,
For one thing, I think we are profoundly, tragically ignorant of the great allure and splendor of modesty. Men have told me that a girl in a becoming, modest dress was ‘a breath of fresh air,’ ‘just delightful to be with.’
I know this is a fashion blog and I love fashion, but these articles got me thinking about the role that fashion plays in attracting certain kind of men. Modesty… not something fashionistas talk a lot about, but it’s something to think about! Have a great weekend!