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Miuccia Prada (1949)

The descendant of a famed accessories brand that supplied Italian wealthy families with refined leather suitcases and goods, Muccia Prada took over the family business in 1977 and slowly changed the direction of the Italian house with the help of her partner and mentor, Patrizio Bertelli. She introduced ready to wear lines and best-selling handbags such as the nylon backpack of 1985 that became a 1990s hit. The fashion designer, who as a young girl favoured a colourful audacious style, wearing Pierre Cardin and Yves Saint Laurent creations while studying political sciences, proposes garments that she wants to wear and that always precisely illustrate the Zeitgeist.  She managed to transform Prada into a global empire and add an intellectual touch to her collections with a strong partnership with contemporary art. Muccia Prada who as a young girl was a Courrèges-wearing communist has become the queen of luxury: an 'aristocommunist'.

Miuccia Prada by Mikael Jansson for Interview Magazine, February 2012
Miuccia Prada by Mikael Jansson for Interview Magazine, February 2012
Lady Gaga and Miuccia Prada a the Met Ball, 2010
Lady Gaga and Miuccia Prada a the Met Ball, 2010
Miccuia Prada at the Miu Miu Fashion show, Fall/WInter 2011
Miccuia Prada at the Miu Miu Fashion show, Fall/WInter 2011
Miuccia Prada with models Linda Evangelista and Kate Moss in the 1990s
Miuccia Prada with models Linda Evangelista and Kate Moss in the 1990s
Miuccia Prada and Baz Luhrmann at The Great Gastby Party in New York, May 2013
Miuccia Prada and Baz Luhrmann at The Great Gastby Party in New York, May 2013
Portrait of Miuccia Prada by Guido Harari, 1999
Portrait of Miuccia Prada by Guido Harari, 1999
Miuccia Prada with John Baldessari, Carsten Holler, Nathalie Djurberg, Thomas Demand, Patrizio Bertelli, Germano Celant and Francesco Vezzoli. Photo by Matthias Vriens
Miuccia Prada with John Baldessari, Carsten Holler, Nathalie Djurberg, Thomas Demand, Patrizio Bertelli, Germano Celant and Francesco Vezzoli. Photo by Matthias Vriens
Miuccia Prada with Anish and Suzanne Kapoor at the 2011 Venice Biennale
Miuccia Prada with Anish and Suzanne Kapoor at the 2011 Venice Biennale
Portrait of Miuccia Prada and Anna Wintour
Portrait of Miuccia Prada and Anna Wintour
Miuccia Prada by Brigitte Lacombe for Vogue Japan, August 2010
Miuccia Prada by Brigitte Lacombe for Vogue Japan, August 2010
Miuccia Prada by Manuela Pavesi, 2012
Miuccia Prada by Manuela Pavesi, 2012
Miuccia Prada by Mario Sorrenti for The New York Times T Magazine, May 2013
Miuccia Prada by Mario Sorrenti for The New York Times T Magazine, May 2013
Stefano Pilati, Marc Jacobs, Olivier Theyskens, Narciso Rodriguez, Miuccia Prada, Nicolas Ghesquière and Alber Elbaz by Steven Meisel for Vogue, 2005
Stefano Pilati, Marc Jacobs, Olivier Theyskens, Narciso Rodriguez, Miuccia Prada, Nicolas Ghesquière and Alber Elbaz by Steven Meisel for Vogue, 2005
Miuccia Prada at the Prada fashion show, Spring/Summer 2011
Miuccia Prada at the Prada fashion show, Spring/Summer 2011
Miuccia Prada for Interview Magazine by Mikael Jansson, February 2012
Miuccia Prada for Interview Magazine by Mikael Jansson, February 2012
Miuccia Prada with Anna Wintour at the 2012 Costume Institut Gala
Miuccia Prada with Anna Wintour at the 2012 Costume Institut Gala
Miuccia Prada by Rankin for Grazia France, February 2012
Miuccia Prada by Rankin for Grazia France, February 2012
Miuccia Prada, Roman Polanski and Rem Koolhaas at the Prada 24h Museum Party, 2012
Miuccia Prada, Roman Polanski and Rem Koolhaas at the Prada 24h Museum Party, 2012
Miuccia Prada and Léa Seydoux  at the Prada 24h Museum Party, 2012
Miuccia Prada and Léa Seydoux at the Prada 24h Museum Party, 2012
Miuccia Prada by Sam Taylor for The Alchemist, 2010
Miuccia Prada by Sam Taylor for The Alchemist, 2010
For Miuccia Prada by John Baldessari
For Miuccia Prada by John Baldessari
Miuccia Prada with Jessica Biel and Elizabeth Banks at the Met Gala, 2012. Photo by Kevin Tachman for Vogue
Miuccia Prada with Jessica Biel and Elizabeth Banks at the Met Gala, 2012. Photo by Kevin Tachman for Vogue
Miuccia Prada by Brigitte Lacombe for New York Magazine
Miuccia Prada by Brigitte Lacombe for New York Magazine
Miuccia Prada photographed in Andre Leon Talley's suite by Robert Fairer
Miuccia Prada photographed in Andre Leon Talley's suite by Robert Fairer
Miuccia Prada by Brigitte Lacombe, 2009
Miuccia Prada by Brigitte Lacombe, 2009
Miuccia Prada with Francesco Vezzoli and Marc Jacobs at Dasha Zhukova’s 29th birthday party in Venice
Miuccia Prada with Francesco Vezzoli and Marc Jacobs at Dasha Zhukova’s 29th birthday party in Venice
Miuccia Prada before the Miu Miu 2008 Spring/Summer Show in Paris, by Manuela Pavesi
Miuccia Prada before the Miu Miu 2008 Spring/Summer Show in Paris, by Manuela Pavesi
Miuccia Prada with Damien Hirst at the Venice Biennale, May 2013
Miuccia Prada with Damien Hirst at the Venice Biennale, May 2013
Portrait of Muiccia Prada
Portrait of Muiccia Prada
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