My sister and I went to the Prada & Schiaparelli exhibition at the Met last week and thought it was lovely. The exhibition featured orchestrated conversations between the two designers (directed by Baz Luhrmann) amidst their innovative pieces that were organized into themes. Here are some quotes from the conversations:
Schiaparelli: At moments of restriction, fantasy alone [can] lift people above dreariness. Fantasy is a flower that does not flourish on passivity.
Prada: If I have done anything, it is to make ugly appealing. In fact, most of my work is concerned with destroying - or at least deconstructing - conventional ideas of beauty, of the generic appeal of the beautiful, glamorous, bourgeois woman. Fashion fosters clichés of beauty, but I want to tear them apart.
Schiaparelli: Antoine made me some fabulous wigs for evening and even pour le sport. I wore them in white, in silver, in red for the snow of St. Moritz, and would feel utterly unconscious of the stir they created.