Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada to be Focus of Spring 2012 Costume Institute Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum
Gala Benefit May 7, 2012, with Honorary Chair Jeff Bezos and Co-Chairs
Carey Mulligan, Miuccia Prada, and Anna Wintour; Baz Luhrmann Will Be Exhibition Creative Consultant with Nathan Crowley as Production Designer
Exhibition dates: May 10--August 19, 2012
Location: Special exhibition galleries, first floor
(New York, October 12, 2011) -- The spring 2012 exhibition organized by The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion, it was announced by the Museum today. The exhibition, on view from May 10 through August 19, 2012 (preceded on May 7 by The Costume Institute Gala Benefit), will explore the striking affinities between these two Italian designers from different eras. Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias's "Impossible Interviews" for Vanity Fair in the 1930s, curators Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton will originate fictive conversations between these iconic women to suggest new readings of their most innovative work.
The exhibition is made possible by Amazon.
Additional support is provided by Condé Nast.
Wallis Simpson in Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue,
June 1, 1937
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton,
Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby's
"Given the role Surrealism and other art movements play in the designs of both Schiaparelli and Prada, it seems only fitting that their inventive creations be explored here at the Met," said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Schiaparelli's collaborations with Dalí and Cocteau as well as Prada's current Fondazione Prada push art andfashion ever closer, in a direct, synergistic, and culturally redefining relationship."
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, the Museum's Costume Institute Benefit will take place on Monday, May 7, 2012. Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon.com, will serve as Honorary Chair. Co-Chairs will be actress Carey Mulligan, designer Miuccia Prada, and Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue. This fundraising event is The Costume Institute's main source of annual funding for exhibitions, acquisitions, and capital improvements.
The ExhibitionThe title, Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion, is based on Umberto Eco's booksOn Beauty and On Ugliness, which explore the philosophy of aesthetics that have informed our sensibilities from the classical world to modern times. Videos in the galleries of simulated conversations between Schiaparelli and Prada will follow the book's paradigm, and will beorganized by topics such as On Art, On Politics, On Women, On Creativity, and more.
"Juxtaposing the work of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada allows us to explore how
the past enlightens the present and how the present enlivens the past," said Harold
Koda, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. "The connection of the historic to the modern highlights the affinities as well as the variances between two women who constantly subverted contemporary notions of taste, beauty, and glamour," added Andrew Bolton, Curator in The Costume Institute.
Elsa Schiaparelli circa 1940's in her own design
Guido Harari (Italian, born Cairo, 1952)
Portrait of Miuccia Prada, 1999
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
A book by Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton will accompany the exhibition. It will be published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press.
The Museum's website at www.metmuseum.org will feature the exhibition.
Today's Words of Wisdom:
Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women. -
Always the problem with wanting to do structure is to do them in a way that still moves and is still comfortable, not really stiff - Miuccia Prada
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