Talking Over Ages

February 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

There are occasions when I see or hear something so awesome (or disappointing) that I need a minute to sit back and take it in. A good example of this would be the sudden departure of Raf Simons from Jil Sander. Have I been completely clueless, or was everyone else as shocked?

On a sunnier note it looks like Miuccia Prada (she of the steel slide from office to carpark) is going to sit down at the Met, and have a chat with Elsa Schiapparelli (she of lobster hats and jackets with drawers for pockets). The exhibition, which will be shown at the Met in New York from May 10 to August 19, was previewed at the Palazzo Reale in Milan during Fashion Week.

Not that a verbal conversation would be possible, considering not only that Schiapparelli passed in 1973, and her period of work lies far back in the annals of history, and Prada is rooted firmly in the present.

But it makes sense to pair the two, Prada’s collections after all exhibit the same surreal take on dress and the codes in fashion that Schiapparelli so gleefully employed in the 20’s and 30’s. And although some of the similarities in the use of pattern and reference are quite remarkable, Miuccia claims that she takes no influence from the past, and I’m inclined to believe her.

The exhibition includes garments archived at the Brooklyn Museum, once belonging to socialites like Pauline de Rothschild. The show will also blend the many recorded words and commentaries by Schiapparelli, including those in her own book, with Prada questioned by director Baz Luhrmann who will also design the show.

Based on the 1930’s Vanity Fair series of I“Impossible conversations,” the Costume Institute will create a digital discussion between the two women.

Now theres something worth going to NY for.


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