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Miuccia Prada to Meet Elsa Schiaparelli at The Met

Since you are reading a fashion news website we are going to go ahead and assume that you know who Miuccia Prada is, however unless you are versed in the history of 20th century fashion the name Elsa Schiaparelli may not ring any bells. Ms. Schiaparelli was a contemporary of Coco Chanel and one of the most influential and interesting minds in the world of fashion during the twenties and thirties. Sadly Ms. Schiaparelli did not adjust well to the post-war years of the forties and fifties and the business that bore her name closed its doors for good back in 1954 when Miuccia Prada was five years old. Ms. Schiaparelli passed away in 1973 at the age of 83.

So while these two fashion icons may never have worked together in life, their extensive and sometimes hauntingly similar styles will soon meet in a place where past and present have a long history of blurring together, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton, curators at the Met’s Costume Institue announced earlier this week that the spring 2012 exhibit at the Institute would be “Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion”.

This news comes of course after the Costume Institute recently finished up “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” not only the most successful exhibit in the history of the Institute but also one of the most successful exhibits in the history of The Met itself. Clearly with such a hard act to follow Mr. Koda and Mr. Bolton have spent a great deal of time and energy searching for a worthy successor, and with Anna Wintour as one of the exhibit’s co-chairs and acclaimed director Baz Luhrmann taking on the role of creative consultant, it seems they may have found what they were looking for.

The exhibit will include a total of 80 designs from Ms. Prada and Ms. Schiaparelli and will run from May 10th through August 19th with the gala opening being held on May 7th.

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