Though it started as a leather goods shop in 1913 by brothers Martino and Mario Prada , Mario's great-granddaughter Miuccia Prada would transform the company into the design powerhouse it is today. First would be her line of waterproof backpacks and totes in 1979 that would go on to inspire the release of Prada's definitive nylon handbags in 1984. In 1989, Miuccia and her partner Patrizio Bertelli launched Prada's first ready-to-wear line, which instantly gained recognition for its clean lines and luxe fabrics.
Now with Miuccia at the helm for more than 30 years, Prada has been shaped by artful, whimsical talent that takes us from ladylike, curve-conscious dressing one season to dramatic textures and boxy shapes the next. Its fan base and influence know no bounds — and it's not hard to see why the label has remained a fashion mainstay and a design-house heavy hitter. Look back at some of the brand's most memorable runway looks.
— Additional reporting by Robert Khederian
Prada 's Spring '03 showcased monochromatic swimwear in understated silhouettes.
Minimalist separates made their way down the Spring '03 runways.
Prada  delivered feminine shifts for Spring '05.
Gold details and shimmer made their way onto the looser silhouettes.
Fall '05 brought ladylike, retro dressing complete with rich fabrics and hats.
Spring '06 brought ladylike dressing and a softer palette.
Spring '07 showcased a mix of rich colors and sophisticated cuts.
For swimwear, Spring '07 brought retro-inspired details and stripes.
Fall '07 fused an edgier aesthetic with fringed statement coats, focusing on more dramatic cuts and textures.
Separates tempered some of the bolder looks, but texture remained a constant — even on this simply stated sweater and pencil skirt.
For Spring '09, Prada  offered feminine cuts and body-baring silhouettes.
This bustier-topped dress continued the call to feminine dressing throughout the Spring '09 collection.
Fall '09 showcased a moody palette and heavy textural embellishments.
Thigh-high boots completed Fall '09 looks.
Fall 2010 showcased a retro-infused collection with modern edge in the form of a patent pencil.
Dresses, like this, injected that ladylike sense into the collection.
Prada 's Spring '11 collection showcased a memorable splash of color and stripes.
A stark white shift made a perfect contrast against the line's high-impact accessories.
For Fall 2011, Prada  mixed childlike whimsy with adult glamour — like gorgeous paillettes, adorning jackets and skirts.
Bold textures and prints added to the whimsical, dramatic effect of the Fall '11 line.
Prada 's Spring '12 show featured bandeau tops paired with jackets and high-waisted skirts.
A car-themed leather pencil was a standout piece in the '50s-inspired collection.
Bejeweled sleeveless coats over pants created a chic silhouette.
Bold printed pantsuits took over the Fall '12 runway in an array of vibrant hues.
For Spring, Miuccia looked east for inspiration. The prints, shapes, and accessories (most notably the leather judo socks!) brought Asian flair to the runway.
Three of the collection's signatures were on display in this look: silk, origami folds, and a bold Warhol-inspired poppy print.
The brilliance of this collection was the obvious dichotomies on display. Think oil-slicked locks paired with the most opulent of furs.
For evening, off-the-shoulder dresses were layered to perfection unexpectedly over wool cardigans. The result epitomized laid-back elegance.
Prada  took inspiration from pop artists for its sporty Spring collection, which featured pictures of women on some garments.
Prada Spring 2014
Fur for Spring? That is groundbreaking.
Prada Spring 2014
If you're a fan of colorblock, we have a feeling you'll fall for the Spring 2014 lineup.