Miuccia Prada

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Miuccia Bianchi Prada
Maria Bianchi

(1949-05-10) 10 May 1949 (age 69)
Milan, Italy
EducationUniversity of Milan (BA, PhD)
Miu Miu
Patrizio Bertelli (m. 1978)
Children2, [1] including Lorenzo Bertelli
Parent(s)Luigi Bianchi
Luisa Prada
Relatives Mario Prada
Awards Council of Fashion Designers of America International Award (1993)

Miuccia Bianchi Prada (Italian pronunciation:  [ˈmjuttʃa ˈpraːda] ; born Maria BianchiItalian pronunciation:  [maˈriːa ˈbjaŋki] ; 10 May 1949) is an Italian billionaire fashion designer and businesswoman. She is the head designer of Prada and the founder of its subsidiary Miu Miu. [1] As of March 2019, Forbes estimates her net worth at US$2.4 billion. [2]

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In March 2013, she was named one of the fifty best dressed over-50s by Forbes. [4] In 2014 she was listed as the 75th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. [5] As of 2014, she has an estimated net worth of $11.1 billion. [6] As of September 2017, she has an estimated net worth of $2.7 billion. [7]

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Early life and education

Born Maria Bianchi [8] on May 10, 1949 in Milan, Italy, she took the name Miuccia Prada in the 1980s, after being adopted by an aunt. [9] Her biological parents were Luigi Bianchi and his wife, Luisa Prada. She has two older siblings, Albert and Marina. [9] She attended Liceo Classico Berchet high school in Milan and graduated with a PhD in political science at the University of Milan. [1]

Early career

She trained at the Teatro Piccolo to become a mime and performed for five years. [10] She was a member of the Italian Communist Party and involved in the women's rights movement during the seventies in Milan. In 1978 she entered into her family’s business of manufacturing luxury leather bags, a company established by her grandfather in 1913. Around the same time she met her future husband and business partner, Patrizio Bertelli.

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In 1993 she was awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America International Award. The following year she showed her collections in both New York and London fashion weeks. She had already been exhibiting at Milan fashion week. Bertelli, Prada's husband, is responsible for the commercial side of products and Prada’s retail strategy. The design house has grown into a conglomerate that includes labels such as Fendi, Helmut Lang, Jil Sander, and Azzedine Alaïa. The company has expanded into leather goods, shoes, fragrances, and apparel for both men and women.

She is now the co-CEO for Prada, together with her husband.

In 2010, she designed costumes for the Verdi opera "Attila" at the New York City Metropolitan Opera House. [11]

Business philosophy

She eschews merging high art with fashion, saying "Art is for expressing ideas and for expressing a vision. My job is to sell." [10]

Awards and honors

In 1995, 1996, and 1998, she received the VH1 Fashion Award for Womenswear Designer of the Year. [12]

In 2004, she was honored by the CFDA with the International Award. [13]

In 2005, she was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. [14]

In 2006, she was appointed "Officier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" by the French Ministry of Culture. [12]

In 2012, she, along with designer Elsa Schiaparelli, was the subject of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition, "Impossible Conversations". [15]

In December 2013, she was awarded the first International Designer of the Year at the 2013 British Fashion Awards. [16] In 2014, she was listed as the 75th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. [5]

In November, 2015, she received the WSJ Magazine Fashion Innovator of the Year award. [17] In December 2015, she received the highest honorary title of the Order of Merit of the Republic, the title of Knight of the Grand Cross. [12]

In 2016, she won Glamour USA's Woman of the Year Award. [18]

Personal life

Miuccia Prada is married to Patrizio Bertelli, a businessman. Their two sons were born in 1988 and 1990.[ citation needed ] One of her sons is the rally driver Lorenzo Bertelli. [19]

She is a collector of contemporary art and owns several artworks by Young British Artists. [10] She is friends with the artists Cindy Sherman and Francesco Vezzoli. [10]

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