Ever Heard of Prada?

I have! Just about everyone has. But do you know how she got her start. And it is quite interesting.

One of the world’s most famous fashion designers began her career as a mime. In 1978, Miuccia Prada inherited a leather goods company started by her grandfather, Mario over 60 years before. At that time, the Prada brand was associated with finely made leather traveling accessories. As for Miuccia, she was a student of political science and a mime, and her design experience was limited to items she had made for herself.

Once Miuccia assumed control of the company, her power as a designer became apparent. She took the designs of handbags that she had made for herself and turned them into the world’s first Prada handbag. A sleek statement in black that became synonymous with the Prada name.

In the 80s and 90s, Prada branched out from handbags and luggage, introducing the world to a line of clothing with clean lines and elegant fabrics. Miuccia Prada also experimented with more exotic materials, incorporating latex and pieces of mirrors into her designs. Of course the Prada handbag was still a coveted treasure, but the handbag has been joined by leather belts and high fashion shoes.


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