Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations


On View May 10–August 19, 2012

The Met's Spring 2012 Costume Institute exhibition, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, explores the striking affinities between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, two Italian designers from different eras. Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias's "Impossible Interviews" for Vanity Fair in the 1930s, the exhibition features orchestrated conversations between these iconic women to suggest new readings of their most innovative work. Iconic ensembles are presented with videos of simulated conversations between Schiaparelli and Prada directed by Baz Luhrmann, focusing on how both women explore similar themes in their work through very different approaches.


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About the Exhibition

The works on view are arranged into seven themes: "Waist Up/Waist Down," "Ugly Chic," "Hard Chic," "Naïf Chic," "The Classical Body," "The Exotic Body," and "The Surreal Body."

Audio and Video

Watch a discussion between Tavi Gevinson and Iris Apfel, exhibition videos directed by Baz Luhrmann, gallery views narrated by Curator Andrew Bolton, and red-carpet arrivals from The Costume Institute Benefit.


View selected highlights from the exhibition.