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|
|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|
Peace and Blessings,
Photos courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art