They said/We said: Miuccia Prada is not happy about her shared upcoming exhibit with Elsa Schiaparelli at the Met

Photography by Peter Stigter
Photography by Peter Stigter

When we first reported in October about the Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli exhibit to open at the Met, our minds went wild with thoughts of how the institute would connect the two. Well, Miuccia Prada is now raining on our little trompe l’oeil parade.

Prada is not enthusiastic about sharing the spotlight with Schiaparelli, to say the least. She complained to WWD, “It’s too formal. They are focused on similarities, comparing feather with feather, ethnic with ethnic, but they are not taking into consideration that we are talking about two different eras, and that [Schiaparelli and I] are total opposite […] I told them, but they don’t care.”

Different eras? Sure. Total opposite? Not entirely. Both experiment(ed) with Surrealism, escapism, fantasy, and visual trickery. To boot, both could easily be considered the artistes of their era. From where we sit, the Met exhibit sounds promising enough, and we can only hope that Prada has a change of attitude before the start of the exhibit on May 7.


Fashionista: “But whether Miuccia is happy or not, one thing is for sure: The exhibit is happening—and we’re betting there will still be a line around the block to get in (and we’ll be in it).” [Fashionista]

Styleite: “… she has a point. As we noted in our writeup of the news, Schiappareli made fashion out of surrealism and Dada artistry, and while Prada may be equally esoteric, she’s hardly a student of that tradition. But does that mean the two aren’t comparable? Well, that depends on the exhibit, we suppose.” [Styleite]


Caitlin Agnew, assistant editor/research: “Of course someone with such a strong vision as Miuccia Prada’s would be dissatisfied with someone else’s representation of their work, even if it comes from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And if we could ask Elsa Schiaparelli, I wonder what she would have to say? Either way I’m booking a flight to New York. It’ll be fascinating to see the work of both designers juxtaposed in a historical context.”

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