‘Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations’ Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute

The Costume Institute of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has unveiled its Spring 2012 exhibition, ‘Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations’. The exhibition, open to public until 19 August 2012, explores the affinities between Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) and Miuccia Prada, two influential Italian female designers from different eras.

Schiaparelli, who worked in Paris from the 1920s until her house closed in 1954, was associated closely with the Surrealist movement and created iconic pieces such as the ‘tear’ dress, the ‘shoe’ hat, and the ‘bug’ necklace. Prada, who holds a degree in political science, took over her family’s Milan-based business in 1978, and focuses on fashion that reflects the eclectic nature of Postmodernism.

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