[Image via MetMuseum.org]
I first mentioned the Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations (May 10, 2012 – August 19th, 2012, at The Costume Institute at The Met, NYC) in January, when it possessed a slightly different title (I think this one is much better), and covered The Met Gala/Costume Institute Fundraiser this past week, so opening day, you better believe I had an hour and a half blocked off on my calendar to be at The Met!
[All images of the exhibition via screenshots from the video found at MetMuseum.org]
The entire concept of “Impossible Conversations” is an intriguing one; an informal, interview-style conversation between two women whose paths never physically crossed due to the separation of decades, who share striking similarities, the first of which being that they are both Italian.
I could wax poetic about Italy, identity, and fashion, but perhaps I will save that for another post; let’s just say having two degrees in Italian gives me a bit of an authority on the subject! I digress; the exhibit showed video clips throughout of an elegant dinner featuring a conversation between Schiaparelli (played by actress Judy Davis) and Prada; which laced whit and humor throughout the exhibit, which also can be considered monuments of both designer’s signature styles.