Miuccia Prada Never Wanted to Design Clothes

Italian designer Miuccia Prada poses during a press conference announcing the 'Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations' exhibition on February 24, 2012 during the Women's fashion week in Milan. Photo: OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images

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."