Drapers have been the independent voice of fashion for 126 years and now is a great place search and learn about various jobs. They recently published this article about the early careers of some of the fashion industry’s biggest names: Anna Wintour, Mario Testino, Miuccia Prada and Vivienne Westwood.  

As some of the most well-known faces in the fashion industry, you would be forgiven for thinking that Miuccia Prada, Mario Testino, Vivienne Westwood and Anna Wintour probably knew exactly what they wanted to do from a young age and started their careers as they meant to go on… but that wasn’t always the case. Read on to find out some little known facts about the early careers of these four giants of the fashion world.

Miuccia Prada

Miuccia Prada is the granddaughter of Mario Prada, one of the founders of the Prada fashion label. She began working in the family business in 1978 but not before she had dabbled in a few alternative career options including working as a mime artist! In fact, having trained at the Teatro Piccolo in her native Milan, she worked in this role for five years.

Similarly, before getting involved in the world of luxury fashion, Prada completed a PHD in political science, joined the communist party and took part in a movement for women’s rights – all before she had designed one of her many It-bags.


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