Manuela Pavesi is Miuccia Prada’s right hand woman at Prada, in her role as fashion coordinator; she is also a renowned photographer. Pavesi’s womanly, charming and offbeat aesthetic has helped Miuccia Prada forge Prada into the directional authority, and international player it is today.
J W Anderson, a past employee at Prada, remembered to BoF, “She had a very sharp eye. I liked the way that she mixed things. I remember, one day, her turning up to work in a polka dot jacket, pyjamas and a pair of wedges, and I remember thinking: ‘You are the woman I want to know, you are the woman.’ There are not many times in your life you’re going to meet someone like that.”
Pavesi began her career at Italian Vogue working as a stylist and fashion editor.
During her time at Vogue Pavesi collaborated with some of fashion’s greatest photographers, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn and Guy Bourdin. Her experiences with them would lead Pavesi to begin her own photographic career. She has shot for Purple, Grey, L’Uomo Vogue, i-D, Dazed and Confused and Japanese Vogue.
Pavesi is married and lives in Mantua, although she also owns Villa Zani, infamous as the setting for Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Salò.”