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The newly drafted WNBA star, Caitlin Clark, rocked the world when she stepped out dressed head-to-toe in Prada on the red carpet for the Women’s National Basketball Association 2024 Draft. This event marks the first time in history that Prada has dressed an individual for an NBA Draft (both men’s and women’s) and the first sponsorship of a WNBA athlete.


QBN believes this moment could bring even more groundbreaking changes to the world of fashion and sports, two of the biggest industries dominating a worldwide market. Today, we detail what this partnership means for high-achieving women who are carving a path for inclusivity.


Recently signed WNBA Star, Caitlin Clark, poses in her Prada outfit after being dressed by the brand for the 2024 WNBA Draft.
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If you haven’t read much about the background of Caitlin Clark, we want to give you some insider information about her amazing achievements that have truly made an impact in athletics. Clark started playing basketball in the sixth grade, and it quickly turned into her talent. She played year after year, committing her time and energy to skills that would later be invaluable in her career. From an article on Biography.com, it is evident that Caitlin Clark’s athleticism has been present from a very young age: “She played against high school seniors in eighth grade and was one of the top basketball prospects in the country by her sophomore year at Dowling Catholic High School. Clark was the Gatorade Iowa Player of the Year in her junior and senior seasons and became a two-time MaxPreps and USA Today All-America selection. She also won a gold medal with the United States U19 national team at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2019.”


As a college freshman in 2020, Clark started playing basketball at the University of Iowa and quickly made a name for herself as a game starter and record-setter. Amongst many mind-boggling recognitions, Clark holds the all time record for the most points scored by any college basketball player.


A Bit About Prada


Since 1913, Prada has established its role in shaping the fashion and beauty industries. This brand, originally started by Mario Prada in Milan, has been known for its luxurious designs, exquisite construction, and high-end recognition as a leading brand in the fashion industry.


Prada, housing several smaller high-fashion brands such as Miu Miu and Church’s, has played a dominant role in the fashion world, with its name being known internationally and in many households. Prada continually strives to elevate what we understand as true, timeless pieces in an ever-changing world. To this day, they work with big celebrities and influencers across the world, such as actress Leticia Wright and singer Jeon Somi, and always include big names seated in front rows of their fashion shows, such as beauty mogul Kylie Jenner and actresses Emma Watson and Scarlett Johansson.


Time after time, Prada's stunning designs and compositions are revolutionizing the fashion world. We are blown away by their willingness to partner with the athletic facet of the world.


The Historic Collaboration


Caitlin Clark, a new WNBA Draft for the Indiana Fever, steps out in a full outfit from Prada for the 2024 Women's National Basketball Association Draft (WNBA) Red Carpet.
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Prada and Clark’s partnership makes us overjoyed to see two different societal dynamics cross paths. What makes it even more special to the team at QBN is that the face of a young, goal-driven woman is at the forefront of this collaboration.


In the past, we have seen many male athletes transitioning into brand ambassador roles for fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton, Supreme, and Burberry. While we have seen some high-profile women in the athletic industry finding themselves in similar partnerships, the matchup with Prada and Caitlin Clark sets a new precedent for brand ambassadorship and female representation in the fashion industry from the perspective of female athletes.


Many women represented by high-end fashion brands tend to be in roles other than sports, including modeling, content creation, pageantry, and even fashion design. It is exciting to see a brand such as Prada break boundaries and challenge societal norms by allowing its representation to be seen in places where glamor is traditionally not the number one priority.


Instead, Prada, through its longstanding longevity in the fashion world, put its efforts into someone making waves through intense dedication, time, commitment, and, most importantly, unwavering goals, and for that, we applaud both the brand and Caitlin Clark herself immensely. We are excited to see what impact this collaboration will bring to the future of female sports and fashion, and we hope to see a continuous intermingling (and more) as these industries adjust to rising trends in their respective societal cultures.


Much like this partnership, we at QBN have witnessed many hardworking women receive the recognition they have long deserved and fought for. It is immensely rewarding to see a dream come to life, and it keeps us even more on edge to witness it in such a unique and dynamic way, as in the story of Caitlin Clark and Prada.


Clark stepped out for a highly anticipated WNBA Draft, dressed in a way that brought her the ultimate confidence and poise: a silky white button-down shirt and skirt set paired with a clean, black leather shoe and a sparkly top underneath. Clark described herself as someone with the “clean girl aesthetic,” and we are living because she embodies this image through Prada’s meticulous vision and design.


We want to know your thoughts going forward about this collaboration and what it can mean in two very different but prominent industries. We encourage you to leave these ideas on our post highlighting this intersection of fashion and athletics here.


New player for the Indiana Fever, Caitlin Clark, poses with the WNBA's Commissioner, Cathy Engelbert, after being picked by the Indiana Fever.
Source: Sarah Stier
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