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Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations Hardcover – May 7 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art; First Edition edition (June 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300179553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300179552
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 19.7 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #388,760 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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HASH(0xa756238c) out of 5 stars Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations May 8 2012
By Lilly Ford - Published on
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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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb376a9ec) out of 5 stars Beautiful May 30 2012
By taylordd - Published on
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb376a9b0) out of 5 stars Works well for Non Fashion Me Jan. 13 2013
By Walt'sBoy - Published on
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My wife is the expert. I couldn't possibly keep up but at least I can talk about the photos I see. She loves the visualization and I love asking question about the photos I see. I think they do a tremendous job keeping the informed and non-informed literate. I always will buy the books from the Met. Outstanding art.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75ef0b4) out of 5 stars Wonderful Book March 8 2015
By Hunter - Published on
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Awesome book, definitely buy it if you're a Miuccia Prada and/or Schiaparelli fan. The included quotes, or "conversations," are really fun to read. The photographs are really good, and display the clothing beautifully. The book itself and its pages are of great quality.
Worth purchasing!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75ef114) out of 5 stars Gorgeous! Feb. 28 2014
By bostonmass02134 - Published on
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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.