Prada brings back its classics just in time for big exhibit



NEW YORK - The fabricated Miuccia Prada meets Elsa Schiaparelli exhibition at the Costume Institute has been the talk of the town for months leading up to it's big launch this week. Designs by both Italian women are juxtaposed against one another on display. The effect of the show demonstrates how Schiaparelli's style is still relevant today and how Prada's pieces are rooted in fashion history.

What gives this exhibit an uncanny new dimension are the short films directed by 'Moulin Rouge's' Baz Luhrmann. One of the films depicts a surreal scene with the real Miuccia Prada seated across from  an actress portraying now-deceased Schiaparelli - each woman with a sparkling glass of prosecco discussing fashion. In time for the collection, the Prada's boutiques will be selling classic pieces from their archive such as the 1991 bestseller satin bag (above left) and the original doctor's bag from 2003.

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations is on at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 10 - August 19, 2012

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