The company, originally known in Italian as Fratelli Prada (“Prada Brothers”), was founded in 1913 by Mario Prada. In 1978, Mario’s granddaughter Miuccia Prada inherited what was still a leather goods business from her mother, and led the company’s expansion into couture.
Prada’s first prêt-à-porter, or “ready-to-wear” collection was designed by Miuccia Prada in the autumn/winter season of 1989.
In addition to the original Prada line, the company introduced the Miu Miu collection, a lower-priced line aimed at a younger audience, in 1992. The Miu Miu line, which shares Miuccia Prada’s nickname, emphasizes earthy colors and a less haute couture look, evoking an overall more bohemian style. In its advertising campaigns, waif-like models in “home photo” poses further the look. Miu Miu clothing is often simple, and evokes a continual image of high-end vintage items. It was followed by the Prada Sport collection, which featured tennis shoes.
Prada won a Council of Fashion Designers of America International Award for accessories in 1993.
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