Hello my friends. When I was in NYC a few weeks back I was lucky enough to squeeze in a visit to the Met for their big annual fashion exhibition (I was too busy to catch the Cindy Sherman show at MoMa or Tom Sachs (SOB!) at the Armory but we can’t have it all).
I was, as the kids say, STOKED for this show. I love Miuccia Prada. Her wit, intelligence and conceptual approach to fashion is always challenging and redefining our ideas of femininity and self-expression, and she is easily one of the most influential designers of our time. This exhibit contrasted her work with that of Elsa Schiaparelli, who I have always loved for many of the same reasons I love Prada (surrealism, whimsy, and extraordinary detail and craftsmanship – what’s not to love?) It was an inspired decision on behalf of the Costume Institute to pair these two directors together. If you want a far more intelligent and articulate description of this show, I encourage you to check out Hamish Bowle’s write-up here.
Now to the good stuff – photos! I had to be a little sneaky about it because the guards were not a fan of my camera but I managed to capture some shots of garments I found particularly inspiring. Enjoy!
|Check out the print on that Prada skirt on the right!|
|Schiaparelli hats, Prada shoes|
|Utilitarian black – Prada on the left|
|Schiap on the left. Love the intricate brocade and pleats on the Prada dresses.|
|Prada on the left, from one of my favourite collections|
|Adore the ruched bodice on this Shiaparelli number|
|Another favourite Prada season – remember how ubiquitous these neon stripes were a few years ago?|
|Schiap psychedelic dress|
|People were literally gasping in front of these beaded Schiaparelli jackets – the embroidered elephants on the jacket on the left were breathtaking.|
|What a shape! Love the molded shoulders on this Schiaparelli number.|
|Another Schiaparelli surrealist number|
|Prada at her best and weirdest|
|Beautifully beaded Prada little black dress.|