Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations

My favourite designers and artists of all age - Schiaparelli with her surreal prints and embroideries! How I wish I can see the current exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art!

The exhibition carefully examines the striking similarities between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, ultimately revealing their surprising distinctions.

Curated by Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton, the exhibition is organised into seven themed sections¬† - plus an accessories subsection - that run alongside eight short videos created by the exhibition’s creative consultant Baz Luhrmann. Showcasing over 100 iconic ensembles from both Schiaparelli and Prada, the seven galleries include Waist Up/Waist Down, Ugly Chic, Hard Chic, Exotic Body, Classical Body, Naif Chic, and Surreal Body.

  • Similarities between the pair included their narrative exploration of print, experimentation with ideas of good and bad taste, adoption of trompe l’oeil effects, and shared preferences for unconventional textiles
  • Prada and Schiaparelli’s differences were also revealed such as their opposing views on fashion as art, their areas of focus on a women’s body (Waist Up/Waist Down), and their preference over headwear verse footwear

(Images: Elsa Schiaparelli,1932 and Miuccia Prada, 1999)

(via WGSN report)

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