New York–What would Miuccia Prada say if she were in the same room (and era) as Elsa Schiaparelli?
Check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute to find out. “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” explores two highly influential female Italian designers and shows parallels in their work.
Amid 100 Schiaparelli and Prada garments and accessories, director Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge”) created eight films where the two designers “discuss” their provocative approaches, views and designs. As Schiaparelli died in 1973, actress Judy Davis plays the designer as imagined today.
The rest of the exhibit imagines visual conversations–pairing pieces (or photographs) from each of the two designers and showing their interplay.
The most accessories-oriented section was Neck Up/Knees Down, where hats and statement necklaces from Schiaparelli (neck up) and shoes from Prada (knees down) are paired by fashion theme. With Schiaparelli’s forward-thinking fashion and Prada’s retro aesthetic, the pairs are spot on. That section was also the perfect complement to the Waist Up/Waist Down area, focusing on jacket and skirt pairings.
Gift Shop Exclusives
All roads may lead to Rome, but all museum exhibitions lead to the gift shop. Upping the ante, Prada made original designer fashion accessories for the gift store–a Met first.
There’s the banana print silk scarf ($420) and tote bag ($335), but the hot item (no pun intended) is sure to be the Prada Flame Shoe decorative ornament ($30). Considering how fast the Alexander McQueen shoe ornament sold out during last summer’s “Savage Beauty” exhibition, we expect this to be a must-have.
The Flame Shoe item is available in the gift store and online and will continue to sell past the close of the exhibition online (August 19, 2012). The Banana Bag is only sold at the store and will end with exhibition’s close.
Available at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Call 212-396-5175; www.metmuseum.org