Miuccia Prada captured by Guido Harrari, 1999
Before heading to the preview of Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations at The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute, we couldn't help but think about how challenging it must have been when trying to top last year's record-breaking retrospective of the work of Alexander McQueen.
And while the McQueen tribute celebrated the late designer's deft hand at the theatrical nature of high-fashion, this year saw curators Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton mining through the genius work of two women designers, Elsa Schiaperelli and Miuccia Prada. Both of whom are considered to be the most influential designers of the past 100 years and share affinities beyond simply being Italian women in the field of design.
Although their creations hail from two completely different era's, displayed side by side, Schiaperelli's bold designs remain timeless and utterly inspiring. For those with an eye on high-design or those looking for inspiration, we highly suggest you visit The Met's Costume Institute this summer.
Schiaperelli captured by Cecil Beaton, 1935
Designs created decades apart from each other by Schiaperelli & Prada stand side by side in front of a short film projection by Baz Luhrmann.
Prada highlights from the past 15+ years put the spotlight on the designer's separates.
Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations at The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute runs from May 10–August 19, 2012. Visit MetMuseum.org