Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada

If you see one fashion exhibition this year, make sure it’s Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This stellar exhibition will be the focus of the upcoming Spring 2012 Costume Institute Exhibition taking place on May 7th. The actual exhibit will open to the public on May 10th and run through August 19th. The exhibition will explore the stark contrasts between both Italian designers from completely different eras.

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The exhibition will feature 90 designs and 30 accessories by Schiaparelli who worked in Paris during the 1920s and by Miuccia Prada from the late 80s to present day. Schiaparelli’s most iconic pieces are the ‘Tear’ necklace, ‘Bug’ necklace and ‘Shoe’ hat, all of which were created during the Surrealist movement. Prada’s designs focus on fashion that is more reflective on Postmodernism. Her below-the-waist focus is symbolic of modernity and femininity. Either way, both women are fashion royalty and we agree that this exhibition merits a visit or two from every fashionista.

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