I had heard all the hype about the new exhibit, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, currently on exhibit at the Met, and ran over to view it last Friday. I was not disappointed. The premise of the exhibit is an orchestrated tete-a-tete between Prada and Schiaparelli (played by actress Judy Davis) which is composed of paraphrased excerpts of the late fashion designer's autobiography combined with Prada's filmed remarks. The "Conversation" element is beautifully executed and fascinating to watch, but the real draw of this exhibit is the stunning collection of approximately 100 designs by Schiaparelli from the late 1920's to the early 1950's and by Prada from the late 1980's to the present. The juxtaposition of their garments, which are assembled in seven themed galleries, highlights the overlapping themes in their work and provides an unprecedented look at the scope of these iconic designer's work. The exhibit is a fashionista's dream, beautifully executed and a must see. May 10-August 19, 2012.
Schiaparelli's iconic shoe hat
Miuccia Prada, 1999