For its Spring 2012 Costume Institute exhibition, the Met presents Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. The exhibition points out the similarities between these "two Italian designers from different eras." Elsa Schiaparelli worked in Paris from the 1920s through the 1950s, and is associated with the Surrealist movement, creating, for example, lobster dresses and skeleton dresses inspired by Dali. Miuccia Prada took over her family's Milan-based house in 1978, producing designs that reflect "the eclectic nature of Postmodernism." On view at the Museum from May 10 - August 19, the website features videos of simulated conversations between Schiaparelli and Prada directed by Baz Luhrmann. View "The Surreal Body" to hear the two designers debate whether or not fashion is art. There is also video of Gallery Views, narrated by Costume Institute curator, Andrew Bolton and highlights from the Met Gala Red Carpet, held on May 7th. See fashion luminaries and special guests like Anna Wintour, Jeff Bezos (Amazon is a sponsor of the show), Miuccia Prada herself, Sarah Jessica Parker, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Rihanna, and Marc Jacobs.
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