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Schiaparelli and Prada Exhibition

After the unbelievable success of Alexander McQueen’s exhibition Savage Beauty, the Met’s Spring 2012 Costume Institute exhibition, is Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. The exhibition 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. Iconic ensembles are 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.

Schiaparelli

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.

 

Portrait of Elsa Schiaparelli
George Hoyningen-Huené (Russian, 1900–1968)
Portrait of Elsa Schiaparelli, 1932
Courtesy of Hoyningen-Huené/Vogue
© Condé Nast
Guido Harari (Italian, born Cairo, 1952)
Portrait of Miuccia Prada, 1999
Courtesy of Guido Harari/Contrasto/Redux

Waist Up/Waist Down


Wallis Simpson in Elsa Schiaparelli Miuccia Prada dress
Wallis Simpson in Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue,
June 1, 1937
Photograph by Cecil Beaton,
Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s
Miuccia Prada, spring/summer 2011
Photograph © David Sims
Diana Vreeland in Elsa Schiaparelli Miuccia Prada dress
Diana Vreeland in Elsa Schiaparelli, Harper’s Bazaar, April 1937
Photograph by Louise Dahl-Wolfe
Louise Dahl-Wolfe Archive / © 2012 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents
Miuccia Prada, spring/summer 2005
Photograph © Toby McFarlan Pond
Elsa Schiaparelli ensemble Miuccia Prada dress
Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue, September 15, 1938
Photograph by Horst
Horst / Vogue; © Condé Nast
Miuccia Prada, spring/summer 1999
Photograph © Toby McFarlan Pond

Ugly Chic


Elsa Schiaparelli dress Miuccia Prada dress
Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue Paris, February 1927
Photograph by George Hoyningen-Huené
© R.J. Horst
Miuccia Prada, autumn/winter 1996–97
Photograph © Toby McFarlan Pond

Hard Chic


Elsa Schiaparelli for Vogue
Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue, September 15, 1938
Photograph by Regina Relang
Miuccia Prada, autumn/winter 2004–5
Photograph © Toby McFarlan Pond

Naïf Chic


Elsa Schiaparelli ensemble Miuccia Prada ensemble
Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue Paris, June 1949
Photograph by Rutledge
Rutledge @ Vogue Paris
Miuccia Prada, spring/summer 2006
Photograph © Toby McFarlan Pond

The Classical Body


Elsa Schiaparelli dress Miuccia Prada dress
Elsa Schiaparelli in Elsa Schiaparelli, autumn
1931
Photograph by Man Ray
© 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Miuccia Prada, autumn/winter 2004–5
Photograph © Toby McFarlan Pond

The Exotic Body


Elsa Schiaparelli dress Miuccia Prada dress
Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue, June 1, 1935
Photograph by Horst
Horst / Vogue; © Condé Nast
Miuccia Prada, spring/summer 2004
Photograph © Toby McFarlan Pond

The Surreal Body


Elsa Schiaparelli dress Miuccia Prada dress
Elsa Schiaparelli, Harper’s Bazaar, February 1935
Photograph by André Durst
Harper’s Bazaar/Hearst Communications, Inc.
Miuccia Prada, autumn/winter 2002–3
Photograph © David Sims
Elsa Schiaparelli dress Miuccia Prada dress
Wallis Simpson in Elsa Schiaparelli, British Vogue, July 10, 1935
Photograph by Cecil Beaton
Cecil Beaton / Vogue © The Condé Nast Publications Ltd
Miuccia Prada, spring/summer 2000
Photograph © David Sims
Elsa Schiaparelli ensemble Miuccia Prada ensemble
Elsa Schiaparelli, L’Officiel, October 1937
Photograph by George Saad
Copyright Les Editions Jalou, L’Officiel
Miuccia Prada, spring/summer 2000
Photograph © Toby McFarlan Pond

The exhibition showcases approximately ninety designs and thirty 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 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.”

You can buy the catalogue here.

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SCHIAPARELLI AND PRADA

In a not-so-coincidental move by the storied fashion house, Schiaparelli announced on May 7, the morning of the highly anticipated Met Ball ( best and worst dressed comming up in my next post) that they will be relaunching their company that was closed by Elsa Schiaparelli herself in 1954.

 

Have a lovely Weekend!!!

 

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