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In 1978, Miuccia Prada inherited the family business. This was a small luxury leather goods shop in Milan. The business was founded by Miuccia Prada's grandfather in 1913. She was an unlikely successor, she had spent the previous years completing a PhD in Political Science and performing mime. She was also a feminist and member of the Communist party.

When Miuccia Prada took over the business in 1978, Prada was near bankruptcy. She had little or no design experience but has built Prada into one of the most recognized brands. Her first big hit was with handbags made from parachute fabric or finely-woven nylon. These handbags have become the choice of the fashion cognoscenti. They also have become one of the most copied handbags. However, the copying of the Prada handbags has made the authentic item even more desirable.

In the late '80s, Prada introduced its first ready to wear collection. She established herself as a minimalist using innovative fabrics and colors. In the past decade, Prada has established itself as one of the most innovative fashion houses in the world.

A sampling of what Prada will cost you:
- Shoes: $400-$2500
- Handbag: $200-$7000
- Jacket: $3000-$15000
- Skirt: $600-$4000
- Dress: $1500-$7500
- Pants: $800-$6000
- Underwear: $200-$800

A full Prada outfit at a Prada store could cost you thousands of dollars. However, it is possible to find excellent prices on Prada goods on the internet. We found the below items being sold at eBay for prices well below this norm. We searched for both new and used items.

Prada Brocade Ladies Mules Shoes - Auction Price: $165.00

Gucci Handbag 1

Prada Loafers - Auction Price: $29.99

Prada Shoes

Prada Grey Shoes Heels Pumps - Auction Price: $24.99

Prada Shoes

Prada Evening Gown Dress - Auction Price: $100.00

Prada Dress

Men's Lavender Prada Dress Pants - Auction Price: $19.99

Prada Pants

Prada Handbag - Auction Price: $249.99

Prada Handbag

Prada White Leather Handbag - Auction Price: $475.00

Prada Handbag

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