An afternoon at the Met

On Saturday, a few friends and I decided to take a hike uptown to the Metropolitan Museum of Art – also known as the Met.

While I could write about five blog posts about all of the amazing exhibits we saw, I will limit myself to my favorite – Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.

Running since May 10, this exhibition “explores the striking affinities between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, two Italian designers from different eras” (the Met). The exhibition features a series of fake conversations between Schiaparelli and Prada discussing their lives as designers and the fashion industry in general. However, they had never had a chance to speak to one another.

It was especially intriguing to view the juxtaposition of the two designers. The late Elsa Schiaparelli focused her designs on creating jackets and hats, while Prada extenuates the bottom half and feet.

“The exhibition showcases approximately one hundred designs and forty 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: “Waist Up/Waist Down,” “Ugly Chic,” “Hard Chic,” “Naïf Chic,” “The Classical Body,” “The Exotic Body,” and “The Surreal Body.””

The exhibition concludes August 19.

http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2012/impossible-conversations/introduction

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