If Meryl Streep has to play the role of the Devil, she has to be wearing a Prada! The woman behind this iconic brand is Miuccia Prada.
Miuccia is the youngest granddaughter of Mario Prada. She took over the family leather goods business in 1978. She now the Italian luxury brands of Prada and Miu Miu.
The company successfully acquired Helmut Lang, Jil Sander and Church & Co.
Miuccia Prada was listed in the 50 Best-dressed Women Over Fifty by the Guardian in March 2013. She is also among Forbes’ World’s 75 Most Powerful Women.
Miuccia studied Political Science in Milan University. She even trained to be a Mime. But her calling was fashion. She met her future husband Patrizio Bertelli and the duo started a line of high-quality leather goods in the 1970s.
Prada Family Profile
Prada Parents – Luigi Bianchi and Luisa Prada
Prada Siblings – Albert and Marina Prada
Miuccia has two siblings– Albert and Marina
Prada Spouse – Patrizio Bertelli
Partizio Bertelli is a Tuscan entrepreneur who owned leather goods manufacturing companies. Bertelli is the co-founder of Fondazione Prada, which promotes contemporary art exhibits and cultural activities.
Children of Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli
The couple have two sons whose names and identities have been not revealed to the world yet.
Prada Family Net worth
She first appeared on Forbes list in March 2012, at $ 6 billion. Today Miuccia is worth $8.3 Billion. She is credited for recreating Prada’s image, making it synonymous with clean-cut elegance. When she inherited the family company, sales touched $450,000. With her revolutionary ideas, bags and ready-to-wear collection, the company’s popularity skyrocketed.
Prada’s trademark nylon handbags were launched in 1985. By 1989, Miuccia had launched the first ready-to-wear woman’s collection. She soon diversified to men’s fashion and later to affordable clothing. Within no time Prada’s designs were the highlight of fashion weeks around the world.
The beginning of 2000 saw Prada offer opulent and luxurious fabrics in earthy pallets striking an instant chord with fashion crowd. By the start of this decade Prada sales were reported at over $30 million. She is Third Richest Billionaire in Italy and 139th Richest Woman in the World
Miuccia Prada received numerous awards for her contribution to international fashion. She received an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art in London; an Honorary Award from the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. She also bagged the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) esteemed International Award.
In 2006 Miuccia Prada took over as Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in the French Ministry of Culture. She was the first Italian in two decades to be featured on the cover of Time Magazine. They also did a six page article on her.
Talent and a vision are the secrets for Miuccia Prada’s success. An inspiration to a generation, Prada thrives in the power of women.