The Met’s Costume Institute Takes on Elsa Schiaparelli & Muiccia Prada for 2012 Exhibit

August 26, 2011


How can the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute top the record breaking Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibit? With two Italian titans of fashion.  WWD announced today that curators will be focusing on  the work s of the late Elsa Schiaparelli and Muiccia Prada.  Both women are iconic in their own right with the later blazing the trail in using the surrealism and Dada movements as her inspirations.  Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel were rivals during their reign over fashion, but Schiaparelli collaborated with surrealist painter Salvatore Dali in the late ’30s to create groundbreaking art.

Schiaparelli dressed many aristocrats, socialites and celebrities back in her day.  Putting them in lobster dresses, a shoe worn as a hat, crystals on dresses and pops of color and prints.  She was a true innovator in both fashion and art.  So it is befitting to pair her with a modern day fashion trailblazer Miuccia Prada known for pushing the fashion envelope with innovative designs, flirtation with patterns and prints and her whimsical aesthetic.  She did put bananas on clothes and made the world fall in love.

The Met is yet to comment on whether it will curate this exhibit but we’re keeping our fingers crossed this will happen.

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