Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Everythings — Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations

I finally went to the Met last Friday to check out the famed Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit. It's a Pradaphile's dream and the juxtaposition of Prada's work with Schiaparelli's sends chills down your spine. But what I found more interesting than the fashion itself was the attitudes of both women towards fashion. They both aim(ed) to subvert traditional concepts of fashion and luxury, and both explored the link (if any) between art and fashion. Their work was/is a living, evolving experiment and testing of society's standards and it was/is the vehicle of how they examine life. 

A few of Prada's quotes that really got my brain spinning:
"People say that my designs are quirky, but they're not quirky. I deliberately introduce a steady look into high fashion. So what people sometimes interpret as quirky is my attempt to subvert the concept of luxury by introducing elements that are considered ordinary or commonplace."
"If I have done anything, it is to make ugly appealing. In fact, most of my work is concerned with destroying—or at least deconstructing—conventional ideas of beauty, of the generic appeal of the beautiful, glamorous, bourgeois woman. Fashion fosters clichés of beauty, but I want to tear them apart."
"Fashion is art, fashion is not art—at the end, who cares?"

And a few of the photos I managed to sneak in (shh, don't tell anyone) of the pieces that I found particularly mesmerizing.

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. Metropolitan Museum of Art, through August 19, 2102.

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