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Prada and Schiaparelli in 'playful' exhibit

Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli's Costume Institute exhibition will be "serious but playful".

It's been confirmed the two designers are the subjects of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York event, which starts with the annual Met Ball.

Curator Harold Koda has now discussed plans for the exhibit, which starts on May 10 and continues until August 19.

"We want it to be serious in content but playful in its approach," he explained.

There will be an installation created which will show the two fashion powerhouses apparently in conversation with each other. They will be seen discussing many different subjects and Harold thinks the idea of them interacting is exciting.

"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, according to vogue.co.uk.

"We thought, 'If we can play with that idea of what Schiap 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 Schiap with increased relevance and Miuccia with a different kind of understanding than they perhaps already have."

Miuccia, Carey Mulligan and Anna Wintour will co-chair the ball, while the exhibition will include 80 pieces by Elsa as well as Prada items.

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.

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