The Prada Group has evolved under her leadership to include Miu Miu – Miuccia Prada’s “other soul” – a brand with a provocative, nonchalant and sophisticated attitude; Church’s, leading traditional high-end men’s footwear manufacturer; Car Shoe, footwear brand known for its iconic studded rubber sole moccasin, and Marchesi 1824, historic pastry shop, renowned for its exceptional contemporary interpretation of traditional specialties.
The conversation between fashion and art exhibition remains a focal point for Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli. Fondazione Prada was born in 1993 to organize and support contemporary art exhibitions and several other cultural activities that collected international appreciation and recognition. In May 2011 the Fondazione Prada inaugurated an exhibition space overlooking the Gran Canal in the Ca’ Corner della Regina palace in Venice, of which it also overseen the restoration. The permanent seat of the Fondazione Prada, inaugurated on May 2015, in a former industrial complex dating back to the 1910’s located in Largo Isarco, in Milan, has been transformed and re-envisioned by Rem Koolhaas occupying the 19,000 sq. m that host a vast program of exhibits and cultural events.
In 2016, the Fondazione opened Osservatorio in Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II; a new space dedicated to contemporary photography.
Miuccia Prada’s pioneering approach also extends to architecture. She was one of the first designers to commission Pritzker Prize laureates Rem Koolhaas and Herzog & de Meuron to create Prada’s “Epicentre” stores in New York, Tokyo and Los Angeles.
Miuccia Prada’s achievements include the 2004 International Award from the CFDA; in 2005 Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world; in 2013, she won the inaugural International Designer of the Year award at the British Fashion Awards and the following year, the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York dedicated
to her – together with Elsa Schiaparelli – its annual exhibition, titled Elsa Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.