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Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada at The Met

05/08/2012 08:53 am ET | Updated Jul 08, 2012

After Alexander McQueen in 2011, The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is paying homage to Italian designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada. The exhibition Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations will explore the striking affinities between these two iconic women from different eras.

In the galleries, emblematic ensembles by Schiaparelli and Prada will be presented with videos of imaginary conversations between the two designers directed by Baz Luhrmann, focusing on how both women explore explore similar themes in their work through very different approaches.

"Given the role Surrealism and other art movements play in the designs of both Schiaparelli and Prada, it seems only fitting that their inventive creations be explored here at the Met. Schiaparelli's collaborations with Dali and Cocteau as well as Prada's Fondazione Prada push art and fashion ever closer, in a direct, synergistic, and culturally redefining relationship."

~~Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Drawn from The Costume Institute's collection and the Prada Archive, as well as other institutions and private collections, signature objects by both designers will be arranged in seven themed galleries.

"Juxtaposing the work of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada allows us to explore how the past enlightens the present and how the present enlivens the past."
~~Harold Koda, Curator in Charge

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

Waist Up / Waist Down
Wallis Simpson in Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue,                          Miuccia Prada, spring/summer 2011
June 1, 1937                                                                       Courtesy of The Metropolitam Museum of Art,
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art,                        Photograph by © David Sims
Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Cecil Beaton Studio
Archive at Sotheby's
Diana Vreeland i Elsa Schiaparelli,                                  Miuccia Prada, spring/summer 2005
Harper's Bazaar, April 1937                                             Courtesy of the Met Museum of Art,
Courtesy of the Met Museum of Art, Photograph              Photograph by © Toby McFarlan Pond
by Louise Dahl-Wolfe Louise Dahl-Wolfe Archive
© 2012 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona
Board of Regents
Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue, September15, 1938                      Miuccia Prada, spring/summer 1999
Courtesy of the Met Museum of Art, Photograph                 Courtesy of The Met Museum of Art,
by Horst Horst / Vogue; © Condé Nast                               Photograph © Toby McFarlan Pond

Ugly Chic
Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue Paris, February 1927                    Miuccia Prada, autumn/winter 1996-97
Courtesy of The Met Museum of Art, Photograph                Courtesy of The Met Museum of Art, 
by George Hoyningen-Huené ©R. J. Horst                          Photograph by © Toby McFarlan Pond
  
Hard Chic
Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue, September 15, 1938                        Miuccia Prada, autumn/winter 2004-5
Courtesy of The Met Museum of Art                                      Courtesy of The Met Museum of Art
Photograph by Regina Relang                                               Photograph by © Toby McFarlan Pond