There’s an interesting new multi-media twist to the Met’s upcoming “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” exhibit.
In addition to the exhibit itself and a book (which Katie Grand appears to be involved in), there will be an accompanying film in which Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada have their “impossible conversation,” made into a possible one thanks to famed director Baz Luhrmann (also a “creative consultant” on the exhbition overall) and acclaimed actress Judy Davis, who will play Schiaparelli. Miuccia Prada will play herself.
In a detailed piece about the exhibition in the latest issue of Vogue, Hamish Bowles provides a sample of Schiaparelli and Prada’s dialogue:
Schiap: “I enjoy creating for the woman who, no matter what her years, wears my clothes with the poise of youth.”
Prada: “I hate the idea that you shouldn’t wear something just because you’re a certain age.”
Schiap: “One [has] to sense the trend of history and precede it.”
Prada: “For me, it’s important to anticipate where fashion is heading.”
Luhrmann, known for high-budget films like Moulin Rouge, did the project voluntarily (we assume Anna Wintour and her vast professional network had something to do with that). He revealed to WSJ that he struck up a friendship with the Vogue EIC during “the Moulin Rouge days” and that she and Prada were the ones who approached him about working on the project. Though, he has ties to Prada as well. Apparently, she was involved in the design of Leonardo DiCaprio’s suit in Romeo + Juliet. Luhrmann calls her “a real friend.”
Prolific actress Judy Davis has about 50 films listed on her IMDB profile, but is most known for roles in A Passage to India, Marie Antoinette and Naked Lunch. Interestingly, she’s also been cast in upcoming film The Surrealist as the wife of Salvador Dali, with whom Elsa Schiaparelli collaborated.
We imagine the film will somehow be integrated into the exhibit in cool, surreal way, when it opens to the public on May 8. Are you excited?