Manuela Pavesi sadly succumbed to a longterm illness in March 2015. Pavesi will be remembered as an original and widely influential figure, who approached her work with great humour and focus.
Masoud Golsorkh, editor of Tank Magazine told Style.com: “She would think in pictures and talk in collections, and her vocabulary ran to decades and was detailed in looks broken down to the smallest details. For her, fashion wasn’t a business or a profession, it was a creature — a living, breathing creature yet the most important aspect of the world to her. Fashion had to be looked after and sustained like a garden or obscure endangered species. ‘It will sell well, but it isn’t fashion!’ would be her ultimate curse.”
Pavesi was best known as Miuccia Prada ’s right hand woman at Prada, in her role as fashion coordinator for the brand. Pavesi’s womanly, charming and offbeat aesthetic 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. Pavesi was also a renowned photographer, who shot for Purple, Grey, L’Uomo Vogue, i-D, Dazed and Confused and Japanese Vogue, among others.