Friday, February 10, 2012

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

  “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” Saturday, May 12, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

In May, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will open “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” linking Elsa Schiaparelli, the leading designer of the Surrealist movement, with Miuccia Prada, herself a formidable patron of the arts. 

Andrew Bolton, curator, The Costume Institute, MMA
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium 
The Costume Institute's latest exhibition explores the affinities between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, Italian designers from different eras. Andrew Bolton will address the ways in which both women employed unconventional textiles, colors, and prints to play with conventional ideas of good and bad taste, and how they exploited whimsical fastenings, fanciful trompe l'oeil details, and deliberately rudimentary embroideries for strange and provocative outcomes.
Admission to Members' free lectures is by ticket, obtainable in advance by calling the Membership Office at 212-650-2620 or emailing

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