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The Surreal Body
A Bazmark Production. Directed by Baz Luhrmann.

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Elsa Schiaparelli: You know, Miuccia, I've always felt, and after talking to you I'm even more sure: fashion is art.

Miuccia Prada: I always said that for me fashion is not art.

Elsa Schiaparelli: Oh, of course it is! That's why I collaborated with these other artists. I mean, the greatest thrill of my career, oh, my God, the things I did with Dalí! Lobster dresses, skeleton dresses, shoe hats, desk suits…

Miuccia Prada: I was taught, and I agree, that your collaboration with Dalí and other artists of your time, it was the only real relevant experiment that really was meaningful. It was not a joke, it was a serious moment when serious minds were collaborating.

Elsa Schiaparelli: If I don't say so myself, it was revolutionary. You should try, Miuccia.

Miuccia Prada: Today everything is so contrived and anything you do is under observation. So in a way, there is not even the same freedom to work with artists because immediately you think about what the comments will be. "Ah, yes, art and fashion…" So I avoid that subject completely.

Elsa Schiaparelli: For me, if I hadn't been a designer, I would liked to have been a sculptor. Coco even said of me that I was that designer who wanted to be an artist.

Miuccia Prada: Fashion is art, fashion is not art. But at the end, who cares? All of a sudden, we are put together in such an important exhibition, and so I am obliged to confront with you and I'm really starting… really enjoying it.

Elsa Schiaparelli: Well, I am enjoying it, too. I wonder… If we lived together at the same time, would we be friends or foes?

Miuccia Prada: I think friends.

Elsa Schiaparelli: So, maybe now we can agree that designers are artists.

Miuccia Prada: No, never! Schiap, never! I think that you have to do your job, and who cares about the title.

Elsa Schiaparelli: Salute.

Collections, The Costume Institute (34)

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