From lollies at reception to posh chocs in the bedroom, everything has to be sugar-coated – and I hate it
She’s one of the industry’s biggest names but thinks life is about ideas, not frocks. Armani described her designs as ‘ugly’ but they remain hugely desired. She has opened a giant gallery in Milan but doesn’t like being called a collector. So exactly who is Miuccia Prada?
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
A ravishing retrospective of the late designer’s work inspires awe, unease, frustration and covetousness
As a new show at the National Gallery explores the influence of Paul Durand-Ruel, the dealer who ‘made’ the impressionists, Rachel Cooke highlights other great patrons and collectors