SCHIAPARELLI & PRADA EXHIBIT VISIT
My recent field trip to New York coincided with The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Spring 2012 Costume Institute exhibition (on view May 10–August 19, 2012). Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, explores the striking affinities between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, two Italian designers from different eras. By all accounts the exhibit has been a huge hit, as the place was packed the day I visited.
If you can manage to pull your eyes away from the beautiful garments in order to examine the space details, the exhibit design itself is as incredible as the fashions on display. Having recently completed our Art Deco Chic exhibit for the Museum of Vancouver, I had a full appreciation for The Met’s awe inspiring exhibit design. Massive projected backdrops, glossy plexiglass info panels, custom built display cases and high definition video photo displays (with subtle touches such as opening and closing eyes on the vintage photo models), combine to present the apparel in the best light, and elevate the material on display beyond mere mortals. Even the mannequins are crowned with striking head treatments that are the perfect compliment to the garments without being distracting.
The Metropolitan is always inspiring, but the Impossible Conversations exhibit was definitely a surprising highlight of my trip.