Yesterday I went to see Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations at The Met. The exhibit really came together with the video of the “impossible conversation” playing at different points throughout. The projections were displayed behind the clothes as if the clothes were reflecting the conversation that the two women were having. The conversations came to life and surrounded me as I walked through the museum. It was magical. (I know I sound cheesy, but you have to go to understand.)
There were several parts that I disliked about the exhibit, however. Miuccia Prada began her line in 1989, but most of the pieces on display were from more recent times. Although the exhibit was to compare and contrast the two designers, I would have liked to see the comparisons throughout the course of both of their careers.
Also, some of the concepts felt like they were carried on too long. Both Prada and Schiaparelli are extremely talented designers with specific taste. Their pieces stand out on their own. When the museum tried to make the point of two dresses being similar because they were floral towards the end of the show, it seemed overdone. Of course, some of the pieces had interesting comparisons, (such as Schiaparelli’s design for the waist up and Prada’s designs for the waist down), a simple thing like similar floral prints is unnecessary.
Overall, I really suggest you visit! I got some really good DIY inspiration that I’ll post soon (I need to get the skirt for the project tailored first and I have no idea how long that will take…) so check back!