Félix Vallotton


Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible conversations

My friend and I went to see the Prada exhibit at the Met last night. I own a few small Prada items and truly admire the style of this designer. My friend is slightly obsessed with Prada, to put it mildly. She has dresses, shoes and handbags and needs to intermittently be dragged out of Prada stores in order to prevent financial disasters. She is the first to admit that she has a problem and that she does not care to change it. But back to the exhibit itself! This was a truly extravagant exhibit and the Metropolitan Museum just seemed to be the perfect place to display it. The contrast and the similarities of the work of these two Italian designers from different eras were highlighted magnificently. The designs were either displayed freestanding on elevated spaces or sometimes behind glass. Throughout, recreated film-snippets of interviews with the two women were projected on large walls. Feathers, fur, leather, jewelry, silk, lace and velvet had been used by both designers to create dresses, skirts, tops, jackets, hats and shoes. The items were sometimes simple, sometimes outrageous, but always stunningly captivating. My friend and I were initially in a frenzy shouting, “oh, look at this,” or “look over there!” At some point we became strangely silent, just walking next to each other in awe. I am not exaggerating when I say this, but think a few times we both had tears in our eyes. These clothes, some of them created as recently as two years ago and others decades before that were magically beautiful. At the end of the exhibit we agreed, part of the a appeal of these designs were the fact that they appeared timeless. They were classics. For more information, also see: http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/press-room/exhibitions/2012/schiaparelli-and-prada-press-release and http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/11/arts/design/schiaparelli-and-prada-impossible-conversations-at-met.html?pagewanted=all.

Image above from Metropolitan of Art webpage.