They said/We said: We’ve proverbially flipped our lids over the news of next year’s Met tribute to Schiaparelli and Prada!

Photography by Peter Stigter
Photography by Peter Stigter

Ever since the Met Costume Institute’s record-breaking Alexander McQueen exhibit closed, we’ve been itching to know what its successor would be. Well hear ye, ladies of quirk: Miuccia Prada and the legendary Elsa Schiaparelli are the next in line to be celebrated. While an official release from the museum has yet to be released, we’re thinking that WWD is a pretty credible source.

Both women brought Italian fashion into the spotlight but are known for very different styles. Schiaparelli was a close friend and collaborator of Salvador Dalí and repeatedly plucked from his surrealist inspirations. In fact, she is most known for her lobster dress of 1937, which was created in collaboration with Dalí (and once worn by Wallis Simpson). Prada, on the other hand, might need less of an introduction. Her titanic influence on the industry has been solidly felt across the world (as if spring’s infamous stripes didn’t say it on their own).

Curators Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton no doubt have some surprises up their sleeves, and we are dying to see what they have in store. Are they as excited as we are?


Fashionista: “The accomplished female designers are both trailblazers and art lovers with bodies of work that are far from boring. Their originality made them two of the most influential designers in women’s fashion and we can’t wait to see what the Costume Institute’s Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton have planned for them.” [Fashionista]

Styleite: “There isn’t a person working in fashion today who can discount Prada’s influence on the way everyone from Milan to Milwaukee picks out clothes … and Schiaparelli’s influence on modern fashion lasted well after her house closed in the 1950s.” [Styleite]


Randi Bergman, online editor: “Short of Andy Warhol’s reincarnation, I don’t think there could ever be sweeter news to my ears than this. As a massive Schiaparelli (I even wear lipstick that’s named for her!) and Prada fan, I have no doubt that this will be my favourite exhibit yet. Or certainly close to Savage Beauty.”

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