Women's History Month

An Interview with Silvia Prada

Silvia Prada is an artist, creative director, and Mark Cross' Sound Director — curating playlists for brand events and special occasions. Her unique perspective on music and style have long inspired our team, and on casual, collaborative days her playlists are heard floating through the office. Below, in honor of Women's History Month, she shares her creative inspirations, style icons, and more. 


How would you describe your personal style?

An experiment in mixing the masculine and feminine forms, a gesture that allows me to get away from the mainstream — not as a form of escapism, but as an aesthetic.

Who is a style icon that inspires you?

Lady Diana on her gay looks. But I could name so many…. Women invented being beautiful.

What's your favorite Mark Cross piece?

Grace Mini in black because it’s a bag that matches my gender. And because she is so handsome.

What's on your wish list from Mark Cross this season?

It’s the Rear Window Overnight Case in black that Gerald Murphy designed for Grace Kelly.

What do you always carry in your bag?

I carry very minimal things as I never wanted a signature bag until I discovered the Mark Cross Grace Mini, this is an Overnight case created for Grace Kelly in the film Rear Window, and only can hold small things so I only carry my keys, EarPods, a small cardholder, lipstick, and a little good luck item I always carry with me in the shape of a heart.

Which female artists would you like to add to your art collection?

Nan Goldin, Lee Miller, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Hilma af Klint, Georgia O'Keeffe, Augusta Savage, Helen Frankenthaler, Judy Chicago, Cindy Sherman. I love Deborah Kass, and this special piece I would love to have, is where Deborah appropriates Andy Warhol's full-length portrait of Elvis Presley for her depiction of Barbra Streisand in Yentl.

Who's your favorite female musician?

That's so hard to answer…. I think my favorite female musician is god in the voice of all angels.

What have you been listening to recently?

A lot of soundtracks from 90s iconic films.

Top tips in curating a good playlist?

It's so important to create a good flow, that's even more important than the selection itself. It's also important to start with a powerful message and build an emotional state and please everyone. Music always connects with your vital state.

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