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Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations
A refined 'dialogue' between two designers that made an art out of fashion
On May 7 2012 a press conference presenting the exhibition 'Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations” was at the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition will be open to the public from May 10 to August 19 2012.
This is a great event that brings out the creativity in fashion, which often communicates with the art world with amazing results.
For years Prada has gone hand in hand with the creative world, and this event is another example of the company’s take on beauty and charm, making history and thinking of the present.
The exhibition is a tribute to Elsa Schiaparelli, the great friend and supporter of surrealist artists, and explores the similarities with the creative path of Miuccia Prada, two Italian designers from different periods that have marked the fashion world.
The project takes inspiration from the "Impossible Interviews" that Miguel Covarrubias used to make for Vanity Fair magazine back in the thirties. The event is characterized by "conversations" between the two designers, highlighting their research and passion for innovation proposed in seven areas: "Waist Down", "Ugly Chic" and "Hard Chic "Chic naif"," The classic body"," The exotic body "and" The surreal body”.
90 drawings and thirty accessories designed by Schiaparelli (born in 1890 and died in 1973) from late 1920 to early 1950 are showcased in the exhibition. These beautiful artifacts are placed in dialogue with those created by Prada from the years 1980 to present. The refined items come from the own collection of the Costume Institute at the Met and from Prada Archive.