Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations


Coming soon to the Met:

The Met’s latest Costume Institute exhibition, open to the public on May 10, 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 fictive conversations between these iconic women to suggest new readings of their most innovative work. Iconic ensembles will be presented with videos of simulated conversations between Schiaparelli and Prada directed by Baz Luhrmann, focusing on how both women explore similar themes in their work through very different approaches.

The exhibition is a discussion of seven topics that both Miuccia Prada and the late Elsa Schiaparelli incorporated into their creations. These seven subjects are reflected in both Miuccia and Elsa’s work, regardless of era, they transcendtime. Here is the topical breakdown:

1) Waist Up / Waist Down, Neck Up / Knees Down
2) Ugly Chic
3) Hard Chic
4) Naïf Chic
5) The Classical Body
6) The Exotic Body
7) The Surreal Body

Member Preview Days
Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9, 2012
9:30 a.m. until 4:15 p.m.