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5 fun facts about luxury label Prada

01: COOL BACKGROUND

Most famous fashion designers have always been in the industry right from the start, doing anything and everything related to fashion, clothes and design. Miuccia Prada, however, has a more eclectic background. Before taking over her family-owned luxury fashion house in 1978, Miuccia, who also has a Ph.D. in political science, spent five years miming.

02: THE DEVIL REALLY WEARS PRADA

The Devil Wears Prada is purportedly a tell-all film based on an eponymous novel detailing an assistant’s experience working for Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Despite the comedy-drama’s tongue-in-cheek depiction of a powerful magazine editor with often disparaging demands and an exhausting schedule, Wintour did not respond negatively to the movie, and famously attended the special premier in New York – wearing Prada.

03: BAGS, BAGS, BAGS

Prada owes its present success to Miuccia Prada, granddaughter of founder Mario Prada. The Italian luxury brand made its debut in 1913 manufacturing premium Italian leather bags, which remain iconic in its own right today, but it was Miuccia who brought out the ready-to-wear in the ‘90s. Today, Prada specializes across a range of goods including accessories, shoes and perfume.

04: UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE

You would be hard pressed to find loud, flashy logos on a Prada bag, and that’s because the brand is known for its understated elegance, where its pieces are supposed to be recognized by those in the ‘inner circle’.

05: FASHION SHOULD BE FUN

As with her namesake brand’s subtle sophistication, Miuccia finds that one should not be everything. “I love fashion,” she famously said. “But I think it should stay in its place, not rule your life. It’s a very nice part of your life, but I think it should be fun.”

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This story originally appeared on Luxury Insider.