Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

On Mother's Day I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art specifically to see the special retrospective exhibition of Shiaparelli & Prada:  Impossible Conversations.  I love fashion but am no expert on it.  Therefore, I was an open book when it came to this show, and I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by it.
First, I found it stunning that I had to look carefully at the signage, at times, to determine the provenance of the piece.  There was an uncanny parallel between the two designers, even though Shiaparelli claimed to design primarily for fashion "above the waist" and Prada "below the waist".  The era of Shiaparelli determined that women were seen sittin in bistros and at dinner parties, therefore mostly seen from waist-up.  Interesting.  Prada is more interested in the power of women's sexuality, being grounded to the earth.
I loved some of their quotes:

Right on, Sisters!
One garment from 2011 and the other from the 30s...amazing symmetry.


  1. I am in love with that last one. The Gorgeous coat, faces & vase. SO fab! Thanks for sharing!

  2. You are welcome. It was a very inspiring exhibition. The clothing is timeless.


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