The Met’s Costume Institute exhibition, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, explores the striking relationship between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, two Italian designers from different eras. The exhibition features iconic conversations between these women to suggest new readings of their most innovative work and explores similar themes in their work through very different approaches.
The exhibition showcases approximately ninety designs and thirty accessories by Schiaparelli (1890–1973) from the late 1920s to the early 1950s and by Prada from the late 1980s to the present. Drawn from The Costume Institute’s collection and the Prada Archive, as well as other institutions and private collections, signature objects by both designers are arranged in seven themed galleries presented below.
For those of you who won’t be able to visit the exhibition take a sneak peek and tell us who would you love to hold an impossible conversation with?
Portrait of Elsa Schiaparelli, 1932 & of Miuccia Prada, 1999
Diana Vreeland in Elsa Schiaparelli, Harper’s Bazaar, April 1937 & Prada S/S 2005 collection
Wallis Simpson in Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue, June 1937 & Prada S/S 2011 collection
Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue, September 15, 1938 & Prada S/S 1999 collection
Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue Paris, February 1927 & Prada A/W 1996-1997 collection
Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue, September 15, 1938 & Prada A/W 2004 – 2005 collection
Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue Paris, June 1949 & Prada S/S 2006 collection
Elsa Schiaparelli in Elsa Schiaparelli, Autumn 1931 & Prada S/S 2004- 2005 collection
Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue, June 1935 & Prada S/S 2004 collection
Elsa Schiaparelli, Harper’s Bazaar, February 1935 & Prada A/W 2002-2003 drawing
Wallis Simpson in Elsa Schiaparelli, British Vogue, July 1935 & Prada S/S 2000 collection
Elsa Schiaparelli, L’Officiel, October 1937 & Prada S/S 2000 collection