Miuccia Prada Never Wanted to Design Clothes

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After studying political science and mime in an effort to break from her family line of work (her mom ran a shop in Milan selling leather goods and accessories), Prada couldn't escape the lure of fashion. She told the Guardian, "To want to be a fashion designer was really the worst thing that could happen to me. I thought it was dumb and conservative [...] But my education at home pulled the other way, giving me a taste for beautiful things, an instinct for fashion. I adored that."