My Friday Night Visit to The Met

Living and working in NYC we have so many amazing places that are at our finger tips and provide a source of inspiration whether you enjoy making things or not. On Friday night I took advantage of one of these special places…The Metropolitan Museum of Art being just blocks away from the shop.

I went to go and see the Schaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit that was actually in its last weekend. It opened up back in May – nothing like waiting until last minute but I was so happy that I went.

Back before I had my own business and opened Pins & Needles I worked in the luxury fashion industry and I happened to spend two years working at Prada so it was double exciting for me to see the exhibit – – I have always loved Muccia Prada’s sensability and seeing this exhibit reminded me why and how much I connect with her designs and approach.

Photo taken from Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations Book

The exhibit is The Met’s annual Spring 2012 Costume Institute exhibition. I was not as familiar with Elsa Schiapparelli’s work but I was so pleased to have learned more about who she was, what her designs were and her point of view on fashion and women. The exhibit according to The Met’s description says that the exhibit, “explores the striking affinities between Elsa Schiaparelli and Muccia Prada, two Italian designers from different eras.” It was also inspired by an article written by Miguel Covarrubias “Impossible Interviews” for Vanity Fair in the 1930’s. Throughout the exhibit you are brought through arranged and imagined conversations between the two women. Judy Davis plays Elsa Schiaparelli and Muccia Prada of course plays herself. I felt like I was a fly on the wall while these two incredibly famous and powerful women were having a drink and talking) – Video excerpts are woven throughout the exhibit. All the videos were directed by Baz Luhrmann. You can read more on the exhibit here.

In addition to the videos, the way the exhibit was curated really illustrates the similarities between these two iconic women who lived and created during different eras, but how their approaches were different and the dichotomy between the two.

Photo taken from Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations Book

I found the exhibit so interesting and I was so inspired by all the various fashions and accessories that were included – especially the shoes and the way that Muccia Prada used her famous lip print from her Spring 2000 collection – which I have to say second to the heart print was my favorite.  I also loved all the embellishment that they both included in their designs – it makes me want to go and stitch up an a-line skirt and add some eye-catching and of course sparkly appliques of some sort – an idea!!! Always thinking D.I.Y!

So although the show has closed there is so much information on-line on both the women and they put out a fabulous book on the exhibit which is filled with wonderful visuals and text. I picked one up and it have been looking through it ever since. It is now the top book on my growing stack of coffee table books. You can purchase it here.

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