Have You Two Met?
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute pairs a living and a deceased designer for the first time in “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” a show spotlighting the unique contributions of Miuccia Prada and the late Elsa Schiaparelli (May 10–August 19). A gallery called “Waist Up/Waist Down” explores Schiaparelli’s above-the-waist detailing—her response to the way women in thirties café society appeared from across a table—and compares it with Prada’s emphasis on the lower body, an area that for Prada, denotes earthiness and pragmatism. Another theme, “The Surreal Body,” showcases how the two designers incorporate surrealist techniques in their approach to the female form.
Schiaparelli: courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, photograph by Cecil Beaton, Cecil Beaton Archive at Sotheby’s; Prada: courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum Of Art/David Sims