“It’s too formal. They are focused on similarities, comparing feather with feather, ethnic with ethnic, but they are not taking into consideration that we are talking about two different eras, and that [Schiaparelli and I] are total opposite.” she told WWD, of the exhibit. “I told them, but they don’t care.”
Prada has a point: Besides gender and ethnicity, the two women have little else in common. Other than being born in different centuries (Elsa in 1890, Miuccia in 1949), the designers’ work shows marked differences: Miuccia launched her career with a set of minimalistic, Nylon handbags, and is known for her quirky and thoroughly modern designs, while Elsa made a name for herself in extravagant ballgowns and trompe l’oeil knits.
Still, a Met exhibit in your honor is nothing to complain about. And while Miuccia has misgivings about the exhibit’s concept as a whole, she told WWD, “my way of thinking is there, at least in speech,” thanks to an interview the designer did with the show’s creative consultant Baz Luhrmann, which we’re guessing will get a lot of play at the exhibit.
But whether Miuccia is happy or not, one thing is for sure: The exhibit is happening–and we’re betting there will still be a line around the block to get in (and we’ll be in it).
We’ve reached out to the Met for comment, and will update when we hear back, so stay tuned.
UPDATE: If you thought this seemed a little out of character for Miuccia Prada, you were right. A rep from Prada reached out to us and said that the quotes were taken out of context. “Miuccia Prada is honored and proud to take part in this exhibition which is ‘an impossible conversation between Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiapparelli.’ The comments printed are taken out of context and therefore misconstrued,” the rep wrote to us in an email. “Mrs. Prada confirmed that she admires the total curatorial independence of the museum to the extent that they almost did not take into consideration her vision.”