They have just released a preview of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations – and we like what we see. The exhibition points out similarities in the imaginative designers approach to fashion, focusing on seven specific themes. For each theme, a fictional conversation has been imagined and created by film director Baz Luhrmann. The exhibition will open with the fashion industry’s version ofThe Oscars –The Costume Institute Gala’s Met Ball – taking place on May 7th, 2012. Now, if we could just snag an invite to the Met Ball!
Follow the jump for a preview of the exhibit!
According to a press release from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition will be categorized by seven main themes:
“Waist Up/Waist Down” will 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. An accessories subsection of this gallery called “Neck Up/Knees Down” will showcase Schiaparelli’s hats and Prada’s footwear.
“The Surreal Body” in the final gallery will illustrate how both women affect contemporary images of the female body through Surrealistic practices such as displacement, playing with scale, and blurring the boundaries between reality and illusion as well as the natural and the artificial.
All Photos Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.