Saturday, May 26, 2012

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institutes's current fashion exhibit, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, is one not to MIS.  The show not only has a well curated selection of the women's work, but uses technology to make the viewer feel a more intimate connection with the designers.   The impossible conversation, that literally goes on between the two Italian designers on video throughout the exhibit, allows visitors to gain insight to the philosophy of each designer.  Film director, Baz Luhrmann, worked with Muccia Prada herself, and actress Judy Davis, who played Schiaparelli, to make the impossible exchange a reality.  I was struck by Prada's humble, honest views, and further respect her work as a designer after watching her speak.  

Muccia Prada in conversation behind some of her pieces.

The dialogue between the designer's apparel was equally interesting.  One part of the exhibit was waist up (Schiaparelli) and waist down (Prada) because of the different parts of the outfit they each tend to embellish.  Some of the clothing was in glass cubes with digitally moving vintage photographs behind them.  It was such a treat to be able to see the new and vintage pieces up close!

Outfits in glass cubes with moving images behind them!
Anyone would enjoy this exhibit, even those not particularly interested in fashion.  The dialogue between the Italian designers and their clothes added a new dimension to the typical fashion exhibit.  Visit the Met before the exhibit closes on August 19th.

I hope to return!

Margo Isadora 

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations
Vogue Met Gala Image

Schiaparelli in her iconic Shoe Hat.

Schiaparelli Hats ~ Prada Shoes

A piece of the exhibit with a slide show of incredible embellishments from the designers behind the garments.

*images taken from across the web

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