26 August 2011

After McQueen Come Prada And Schiaparelli For The Met!

The recently wrapped up Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum broke all records and exceeded expectations during it's three month run. Queues - lines for our friends across the pond - on the last day were snaking around the museum and through Central Park! 661,509 people viewed the phenomenal retrospective ranking it eighth on the Met's best-sellers. So, what does the Costume Institute have up it's sleeve next? According to WWD, nothing less than a combined look at the works of two of fashion's most influential women; Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada!

Don't run to book your tickets to New York yet - no further details about the exhibition have been announced and the Met has so far declined to comment on the story so we will just have to cross our fingers and wait. The two Italian women have been pioneering and influential true originals, shaping 20th and 21st century fashion - and culture! They share a passion for the world of art; Schiap collaborated with artists like Salvador Dali and the surrealism movement influenced her designs; her 1937 Lobster Dress featured a large lobster painted by Dali onto its skirt and was famously worn by Wallis Simpson in a series of photographs by Cecil Beaton. Mama Prada has been an avid supporter of artists through her Fondazione Prada and her hold on fashion and our hearts (and wallets!) is well known.

We have high hopes for this own so come on, Costume Institute: confirm the story and give us all the juicy details. We have a feeling lobster will be big next year!

 

-- Kiki Georgiou


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