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Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations [Hardcover]

Andrew Bolton , Harold Koda , Judith Thurman

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Book Description

May 7 2012 Metropolitan Museum, New York: Exhibition Catalogues

Although separated by time, Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli—both Italian, both feminists—share striking affinities in terms of their design strategies and fashion manifestoes. Presented as an intimate "conversation," Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations aims to tease out formal and conceptual similarities between the two designers. Striking photographs and insightful texts illustrate the parallels between the two, including their preferences for interesting textiles and prints, eccentric color palettes, and a bold and playful approach to styling and accessories.

Schiaparelli, in the 1920s through 50s, and Prada, from the late 1980s to today, exploited the narrative possibilities of prints, sought out unconventional textiles, played with ideas of good and bad taste, and manipulated scale for surrealistic outcomes. Contemporary art plays a major role in the work of these inventive women—Schiaparelli in her famous collaborations with Dali and Cocteau, and Prada via her Fondazione Prada. Blending the historic with the contemporary, the catalogue brings the masterworks of both designers together into a grand conversation between the most important women fashion designers to ever emerge from Italy.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art (May 7 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300179553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300179552
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 19.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2012-08-19)

“A gorgeous companion volume.”—Sadie Stein, Paris Review
(Sadie Stein Paris Review)

“The catalogue pages offer an insightful look at the exhibition”—Artinfo

“[A] handsome catalog”—The New York Times
(The New York Times)

“The must-have book of the season!”—Flare Magazine
(Flare Magazine)

“A masterpiece of an exhibition catalogue.”—Mediabistro

“The reader will be bowled over.”—The Los Angeles Times (The Los Angeles Times)

"A stimulating read."—Birmingham Post
(Richard Edmonds Birmingham Post 2012-06-14)

“The catalogue is just as brilliantly conceived as the show and visitors who do purchase a copy will be well-rewarded when they consider these women’s words without being elbowed by fellow museum-goers.”—Studio International
(Studio International)

“This volume begs to be read.” —Chicago Tribune
(Chicago Tribune)

About the Author

Harold Koda is curator in charge at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Andrew Bolton is curator at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations May 8 2012
By Lilly Ford - Published on Amazon.com
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Another beautiful publication from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I've to admit I'm no Prada fan but I was attracted to this book on the prospect of having a chance to view some of Schiaparelli's beautiful creations.
This attractive book exceeded my expectations, it is beautifully bound and loaded with artistic fashion photography.
The photos present a mixture of clear archival images depicting Schiaparelli's elegant garments juxtaposed with colorful images from modern Prada collections. Each photo has captions revealing their respective dates.
The text in the book is concise, there is a brief introduction at the beginning of the book, then there are several booklets scattered between the images and they reproduce several comments by both ladies explaining their sources of inspiration, techniques, and their approach to creative design. The booklets may also contain some small photos, close-ups, or sketches. The layout of those pamphlets is nice as they don't affect the beauty of the illustrations and they are printed on high-quality paper.
This is a fine addition to any fashion and photography collection as it is both insightful and visually attractive.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful May 30 2012
By taylordd - Published on Amazon.com
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I went to the Schiaparelli & Prada exhibit @ The Met, I thought it was a stunning and highly interesting exhibit. The works on view are arranged into seven themes: "Waist Up/Waist Down," "Ugly Chic," "Hard Chic," "Naïf Chic," "The Classical Body," "The Exotic Body," and "The Surreal Body." As you enter there is a collection of Schiaparelli jackets that are stunning besides Prada skirts, opposite is an amazing collection of Schiaparelli hats accompanied by Prada shoes, then then you move on to a room that firt showcases "hard chic", "Naif Chic" Last is a room of mirrors.. All along are videos of Prada and an actress who plays Schiaparelli talking, you really get a feel and understand these two great women.
The book is $50 @ The Met, it is a real bargain on here. The book is a must have for anyone who enjoyed the exhibit, it is beautifully and artistically done.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous! Feb. 28 2014
By bostonmass02134 - Published on Amazon.com
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Really amazing. Unique layout is really interesting--there are different size pages in book like little inserts with extras on them. Beautiful and clever.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable May 20 2013
By theresa sinacola - Published on Amazon.com
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Added this to my fashion collection section.
Nice addition to the other designers. Book came in very nice condition. Thanks!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book March 20 2013
By AmB - Published on Amazon.com
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I gave this book to a cousin who is into fashion, and she appreciated it. I loved the story and pictures that go along with book.

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