| Impossible Conversations|
Prada (left) Schiaparelli (right)
at the MET
By DAWN ELARDO
This year's spring Costume Institute exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be an all Italian affair. Entitled, Impossible Conversations the show focuses on a juxtaposition between the works of the once famous 1920s and 30s Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli and the presently critically acclaimed Italian designer, Miuccia Prada.
Although the two female Italian designers may appear to have many in common at first glance, they were also quite differed on multiple levels. For example while Schiaparelli was born in Rome, (considered more South of Italy) Prada was born in Milan (the metropolitan north of the country)—two very different environments to grow up in.
What the two women did have in common, is that both of them came from very privileged backgrounds. Born to a Neapolitan aristocrat mother, Maria-Luisa and her father, Celestino Schiaparelli, a renowned scholar of classical Italian studies, Schiaparelli was groomed to intermingle with the "so called" European elite.
Aside from both women admittedly being proud feminists, like Schiaparelli, Prada is also known for often collaborating with artists. In fact she's even established an art foundation— Fondazione Prada—an art gallery in Milan by Prada, where many highly regarded artists have been commissioned to show their works. And lastly, the 62 year old Milanese fashion mogul also added Miu Miu in 1992, (her nickname), as a less expensive women's wear line, a sister company to the brand, which has also become a sought after label in the world of fashion.