For most, being the subject of a Costume Institute exhibit would be an honor, but not Miuccia Prada.
Prada shares the billing on this year’s upcoming exhibit with Elsa Schiaparelli, something she thinks is a mistake. Prada told Women’s Wear Daily:
“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,” said the designer before her show on Sunday. “I told them, but they don’t care,” she said with a shrug, resigned rather than upset.
And 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.
UPDATE: Prada has released an official statement in response to WWD’s article, which we’ve included below.
Miuccia Prada is honored and proud to take part in this exhibition which is “an impossible conversation between Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiapparelli”. The comments printed are taken out of context and therefore misconstrued.
Mrs. Prada confirmed that she admires the total curatorial independence of the museum to the extent that they almost did not take into consideration her vision.