Monday, May 21, 2012


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

Schiaparelli, 1932
Miuccia Prada, 1999


jeanette from everton terrace said...

I love where I live but do envy all the fabulous exhibits and events you all have access to "out there".
Thank you for sharing a glimpse into this one. It looks fabulous, I'd love to see all of it.
I find it interesting they used red background, you don't see that very often.

Acquired Objects said...

What a wonderful exhibition and thankfully I'll get to see it before it's gone. I love the costume department they have such a wealth of clothing from all periods.


I Dream Of said...

I'm so excited to see this exhibit. When we were in Paris, the windows at Didier Ludot were filled with vintage Prada and Schiaparelli - it was like a little preview. I think I could hear these two amazing ladies whispering a conversation!
Have a beautiful week, Barbara! XO

michele said...

ahhhh, i read about this impossible conversations concept and thought it was an amazing starting point. what a thrill to see!

smiles to you.


Karena said...

What a stunning, iconic exhibit, I truly wish I could attend! Thanks for sharing Barbara!

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vicki archer said...

I would so love to see this... Two of my favourite designers across the decades... how imaginative to re-create a conversation between them... xv

zanetastyle said...

Just Beautiful, thank you for sharing! This is why ONE LIVES in NYC!!! (((:
ciao Z

Splendid Sass said...

Thank you for sharing this piece of New York with us. I love the color scheme used here too.
Happy Wednesday, Barbara.

Jamie Herzlinger said...

I had a chance to see this exhibit when I was in the city and I was in love!! Thank you for writing a beautiful post on it!

Boston Mom said...

I was in the city today and had the pleasure! Wonderfully composed. The "impossible conversation" between Schiaparelli and Prada set the mood. And the ensembles and comparisons...Amazing! I have a you know anything about the mask hoods?

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