Schiaparelli and Prada take on surrealism
Prada-rama continues! Earlier this week we brought you the news that Prada’s profits have peaked at the highest ever point and now we finally (after months of anticipation) can have a good old nose at the New York MET Costume Institute’s ‘Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations’ exhibition. It doesn’t actually launch for another month, but this is the first time we’ve been able to get to grips with just how the institute’s curators have managed to stitch together to work of two visionaries, who not only were born six decades apart, but never met. Earlier this year Miuccia spoke out about her concern regarding the museum’s approach telling reporters, "They are focused on similarities, comparing feather with feather, ethnic with ethnic, but they are not taking into consideration that we are talking about two different eras, and that [Schiaparelli and I] are total opposite. I told them, but they don't care.” So was it an impossible task? Well let’s put it this way, if seeing the work of two fantastic fashion designers doesn’t please us, nothing will….
So, as Miuccia suggested, the MET have drawn on the Italian design doyennes’ comparisons, separating the show into the following categories which are supposed represent a fictive conversation in each: Waist Up/Waist Down, Ugly Chic, Hard Chic, Naif Chic, The Classical Body, The Exotic Body, and The Surreal Body. (That’s a lot of chic.) For example, both Schiapparelli and Miuccia are very good at taking something unexpected, challenging and against the normal grain of what’s beautiful and making it attractive or covetable.
A little peek at the exhibition's book....
As well as some shots from the exhibition being released, which you can scroll through above, eager fashion design fans can now pre-order the accompanying book!