Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York hosts a fashion exhibit every year and celebrities come out in droves to see and honor those designers whose work is on display. This year the museum is showcasing the work of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada in an exhibit entitled Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. Allegro’s own Director of Design, Cheryl Vance, was able to tour the fascinating exhibit, which explores the striking affinities between the two female Italian designers from different eras. Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias’s “Impossible Interviews” for Vanity Fair in the 1930’s, the exhibit features short films by director Baz Luhmann, one of which features a simulated conversation at a dining table with Schiaparelli, played by actress Judy Davis. The actress uses paraphrased dialogue from the Schiaparelli’s autobiography Shocking Life in her exchanges.

“We wanted it to be intellectual,” said Harold Koda, curator in charge of the exhibit. “We wanted people to read it and to actually get into the heads of these women.” Approximately 100 designs by Schiaparelli and Prada are also on display at the exhibit, which runs through August 19.

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