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Friday 29 August 2014

Miuccia Prada: Exhibition isn't right

Miuccia Prada

Miuccia Prada thinks an upcoming exhibition in her honour is "too formal".

The designer and Elsa Schiaparelli are the subjects of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art upcoming Costume Institute display. Much has been made of the apparently "playful" plans, which include an installation that shows the two fashion powerhouses apparently in conversation with each other.

However, Miuccia isn't convinced the tone of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada on Fashion is quite right.

"It's too formal; they are focused on similarities, comparing feather with feather, ethnic with ethnic, but they are not taking into consideration that we are talking about two different eras, and that [Schiaparelli and I] are total opposite," she told WWD.

Late designer Elsa was the first to use bright zips and flamboyant buttons in her creations. It was also Elsa who first staged a catwalk show using women to premiere her designs by walking down a runway.

Miuccia is renowned for her understated style, creating pieces which are chic and minimalist.

The designer claims to have voiced her concerns publicly to those arranging the exhibit, but to no avail.

"I told them, but they don't care," she said.

The display runs from May 10 to August 19. Curator Harold Koda discussed it last year, revealing he thinks the public will be blown away when they see what is on show.

"They are both very provocative for their time. We thought it would be very interesting to pit these two women together in an anachronistic conversation," he said of the installation.

"We thought, 'If we can play with that idea of what Schiaparelli would say, with her real words, and what Miuccia would say, in her real words, on a variety of issues, we could end up with something that was a mind-teaser for the audience, and would allow people to see Schiaparelli with increased relevance and Miuccia with a different kind of understanding than they perhaps already have."

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