A quick look at eight key points and observations you’ll find inside the highly anticipated exhibition Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations at The Metropolitan Museum of Art opening May 10:
1. A series of films will debut inside the exhibit directed by Baz Luhrmann highlighting a mock conversation between the two figures on the topics of chic and the female form.
2. The “conversation” concept was inspired by a series featured in Vanity Fair titled the “Impossible Interview,” which placed two “impossible” subjects together for one inspiring transcript.
3. “Would you know chic if it hit you in the head?” said Schiaparelli to Monsieur de Givenchy.
4. A major section of the exhibit will focus on breaking down the term chic, and its many forms. Hard, ugly and naïf will be hot topics of conversation between the two designers.
5. The female form will also be under heavy analysis. From the various body types (classical, exotic and surreal) to a designer’s preference (above the waist vs. below the waist).
6. Is fashion an art form or is art simply irrelevant? The question, which both designers disagree on, will be analyzed by exhibit curator Andrew Bolton.
7. The battle between Schiaparelli and Chanel lives on as their choice words will be spotlighted in the exhibition. Schiaparelli to Chanel: “that dreary little bourgeois.” Chanel to Schiaparelli “that Italian artist who makes dresses.”
8. Would Schiaparelli and Praba be friends? A question that has us pondering. Perhaps the exhibit will have the answer!
Watch Now: Curators Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton on the Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit
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