NYC: The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibition. The Met's Spring 2012 Costume Institute exhibition, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, until August 19, explores the striking affinities between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, two Italian designers from different eras. Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias's "Impossible Interviews" for Vanity Fair in the 1930s, the exhibition features orchestrated conversations between these iconic women to suggest new readings of their most innovative work.
The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibition. The exhibition showcases approximately one hundred designs and forty accessories by Schiaparelli (1890–1973) from the late 1920s to the early 1950s and by Prada from the late 1980s to the present. Drawn from The Costume Institute's collection and the Prada Archive, as well as other institutions and private collections, signature objects by both designers are very cleverly arranged in seven themed galleries: "Waist Up/Waist Down," "Ugly Chic," "Hard Chic," "Naïf Chic," "The Classical Body," "The Exotic Body," and "The Surreal Body."
Above. A stolen image (as you know NO photography) of the Hard Chic theme section; Schiaparelli 1938-39 – Prada 1994-95.
The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibition. Schiaparelli, who worked in Paris from the 1920s until her house closed in 1954, was closely associated with the Surrealist movement and created such iconic pieces as the "Tear" dress, the "Shoe" hat, and the "Bug" necklace. Prada, who holds a degree in political science, took over her family's Milan-based business in 1978, and focuses on fashion that reflects the eclectic nature of Postmodernism.Pin It