Tuesday, August 7, 2012


This weekend, I finally went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC to see the exhibition that everyone has raved about - Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.

This intriquing exhibit explores the careers of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, two Italian designers from different eras. Their iconic designs are presented with videos of simulated conversations between Schiaparelli and Prada, focusing on how both explored similar themes in their work through very different approaches.

The exhibition showcases approximately one hundred designs and forty accessories by Schiaparelli (1890–1973) from the late 1920s to the early 1950s and by Prada from the late 1980s to the present. The signature objects by both designers are arranged in seven themed galleries: "Waist Up/Waist Down," "Ugly Chic," "Hard Chic," "Naïf Chic," "The Classical Body," "The Exotic Body," and "The Surreal Body."

Waist Up/Waist Down

Ugly Chic

Hard chic

Naif Chic

Classic Body

Exotic Body

The Surrealist Body

Schiaparelli, who worked in Paris from the 1920s until her house closed in 1954, was closely associated with the Surrealist movement and created such iconic pieces as the "Shoe" hat and the "Tear" dress in collobaration with artist Salvador Dali. Prada, who took over her family's Milan-based business in 1978, is still one of the most sought after designers of our time. Her designs focus on fashion that reflects the eclectic nature of Postmodernism.

Shoe Hat and Lip Jacket

Tear Dress

An interesting perspective into the world of Fashion, the exhibit is on view at the Met through August 19, 2012. If you are in the NYC area, it is a must see...

Peace and Blessings,

Photos courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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