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Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations
A Bazmark Production. Directed by Baz Luhrmann.

Conceived, Produced, and Directed by Baz Luhrmann

With Miuccia Prada and Judy Davis (as Elsa Schiaparelli)
Production and Costume Design by Catherine Martin
Produced by Anton Monsted and Schuyler Weiss
Additional Dialogue by Baz Luhrmann, Andrew Bolton, Schuyler Weiss, and Sam Bromell (adapted from the writings of Elsa Schiaparelli)
Cinematography by Josh Rothstein and Evan Papageorgiou
Edited by Jeremy Kotin

MIUCCIA PRADA UNIT (NEW YORK):
Line Producer – Julie Christeas
Production Manager – Bryony Weiss
Camera Operators – Evan Jake Cohen, Noah Yuan-Vogel
Additional Camera – Amelia Tovey
Data Wrangler – Raphael Rice
On-set Sound Mixers – Trokon Nagbe, David Goller
Gaffer – John Frisbie
Key Grip – Matt Tomko
Grips – Jeff Holman, Bryan Landes
Swing Gang – Nick Perron-Seigel, Sam Brown
Art Department Assistants – Whitney Adams, Simon Greiner
Costume Stylist – Farah Pidgeon
Hair Stylist – Susan Campbell
Make-up Artist – Melissa Silver
Production Assistants – Joe Pesce, Percio Luciano

SCHIAPARELLI UNIT (SYDNEY):
Production Manager – Alexandra Taussig
Assistant Director – Jennifer Leacey
Camera Assistants – Paul Shakeshaft, Zane Pearson
Data Wrangler – Nir Shelter
Set Decorator/Props – Beverly Dunn
Art Department Assistant – Patrick Perry
Gaffer – Miles Jones
Grip – Leo Cowan
Electrician – Clay Elliott
On-set Sound Mixer – Mario Gabrieli
Boom Operator – Gerry Nucifora
Hair and Make-up for Ms. Davis – Kalotina Amperidis
Wig Stylist – Teresa Hinton
Costumier – Julie Herlihy
Jeweller/Stand-by Costume – Georgina Pattinson
Milliner – Rosie Boylan
Writing Assistant to Baz Luhrmann – Sam Bromell
Assistant to Baz Luhrmann – Blake Ternacz
Assistant to Catherine Martin – Rachael Fung
Production Assistants – Hamish Mason, Paddy Murphy
Autocue Operator – Wendy Smith

POST PRODUCTION:
Post Production Services Provided by The Station
Post Production Executive – Hugh Broder
Post Production Supervisor – Jeremy Kotin
Visual Effects – Daniel Sforza
Concept Artist/3D Model Maker/Matte Painter – Christopher Tangney
Animated Title Design – Brian Budak
Additional Title Design – Brian Krupkin, Silvana Azzi Heras
Post Production Sound Mixer – Erik Schuiten
Additional Post Production Sound Mixer – John Northcraft

Transcript

Elsa Schiaparelli: You know, Miuccia, I hate talking to designers. It's the worst. So this impossible conversation between us, is… is something like an exception for me.

Miuccia Prada: Yes, I can talk about fashion with so few people, because they really are the ones that know what I'm talking about. Otherwise, it's kind of even ridiculous or super technical.

Elsa Schiaparelli: You know, I never even intended to be a dressmaker.

Miuccia Prada: But what I'm really interested in is about your life, and that is all about, also about my work, I'm always interested in the life of people.

Elsa Schiaparelli: Ah! That we can talk about. About life… and maybe dresses a bit. You know, I was the most impossible, super impetuous child. Too wild an imagination, always into trouble.

Miuccia Prada: Not right for a good girl.

Elsa Schiaparelli: No, no. Not at all. Maybe you, too, were cut from this troublesome cloth when you were younger, yes?

Miuccia Prada: Yes. At those times I was searching for what was the strangest, the most silly thing to do. And mime, at this time—

Elsa Schiaparelli: Mime?

Miuccia Prada: Yes, the most crazy thing I could do. In Milano, still living with my family.

Elsa Schiaparelli: But Miuccia, you could not have been as troublesome as me.

Miuccia Prada: Completely. The theater was a world of sins.

Elsa Schiaparelli: Okay, did you run away?

Miuccia Prada: No. No.

Elsa Schiaparelli: I think it's no secret that I met a man.

Miuccia Prada: Yes, yes.

Elsa Schiaparelli: And I had a daughter, Gogo, and then my husband, he ran away, so... But eventually, by chance, my salvation was stumbling into fashion.

Miuccia Prada: Yes, of course.

Elsa Schiaparelli: Finding beauty in my own way.

Miuccia Prada: You had a much more difficult life than mine, and that's one of the reasons why I like your life, and like your job, because I see all the pain.

Elsa Schiaparelli: So I'm curious now, Miuccia. How did you go from the mime back to fashion?

Miuccia Prada: Yes, I liked fashion, I found myself in fashion—hating it and doing what was the most horrible thing I could do to the people I was living with. To be a woman, a fashion designer in the sixties and seventies was the worst. But I liked it so much that I did it anyway.

Elsa Schiaparelli: Yes, yes I think now I realize why we are here. It's not just the fashion, but maybe it's the way we live.

Miuccia Prada: In the end, there are many similarities.

Elsa Schiaparelli: Yes. Many similarities, yes. Salute!

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