When we first heard about the Met’s upcoming exhibit, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, we were curious to see how the museum would showcase the two designers’ work together in a way that made sense and was cohesive. And now we have our answer.
The Met has posted a small preview of the exhibit on their website, as well as an outline of how it will be organized. The exhibition will be broken up into seven galleries, which will explore common themes in the designers’ works: Waist Up/Waist Down, Ugly Chic, Hard Chic, Naif Chic, The Classical Body, The Exotic Body, and The Surreal Body. For each theme, there will be a series of images and clothing items from each designer, inviting viewers to make comparisons between the two.
For example, the Waist Up/Waist Down gallery, will, according to The Met’s website, “look at Schiaparelli‘s use of decorative detailing as a response to restaurant dressing in the heyday of 1930s café society, while showing Prada’s below-the-waist focus as a symbolic expression of modernity and femininity,” via side by side comparisons of Schiaparelli’s fondness for ornate collars, and Prada’s proclivity for embellished skirts. Ugly Chic will “reveal how both women subvert ideals of beauty and glamour by playing with good and bad taste through color, prints, and textiles,” and will have a diptych of the designers’ more drab-looking duds. And so on.
The met has released sample image comparisons for each thematic category, and besides showcasing some seriously gorgeous clothing, you can also expect to see some familiar faces popping up in the photos. Models Daphne Groeneveld and Kate Upton
[ed. note: While LOVE tweeted it was Kate Upton, they were mistaken. It is apparently another model who bares a strong resemblance to Upton, according to The Cut.] can be seen modeling Prada’s creations, and we bet there’ll be more famous models to spot in the exhibit. Love magazine tweeted a photo of Upton in her Prada look earlier so we’re assuming the mag’s EIC Katie Grand is involved in the exhibit book. Which is a very good thing. (Sort of related: Upton looks gorgeous and totally pulls off Prada–a far cry from her standard skimpy Sports Illustrated fare–could this mean more high-fashion work is in store?)
Photos: Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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