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Although separated by time, Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli—both Italian, both feminists—share striking affinities in terms of their design strategies and fashion manifestoes. Presented as an intimate "conversation," Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations aims to tease out formal and conceptual similarities between the two designers. Striking photographs andAlthough separated by time, Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli—both Italian, both feminists—share striking affinities in terms of their design strategies and fashion manifestoes. Presented as an intimate "conversation," Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations aims to tease out formal and conceptual similarities between the two designers. Striking photographs and insightful texts illustrate the parallels between the two, including their preferences for interesting textiles and prints, eccentric color palettes, and a bold and playful approach to styling and accessories.Schiaparelli, in the 1920s through 50s, and Prada, from the late 1980s to today, exploited the narrative possibilities of prints, sought out unconventional textiles, played with ideas of good and bad taste, and manipulated scale for surrealistic outcomes. Contemporary art plays a major role in the work of these inventive women—Schiaparelli in her famous collaborations with Dali and Cocteau, and Prada via her Fondazione Prada. Blending the historic with the contemporary, the catalogue brings the masterworks of both designers together into a grand conversation between the most important women fashion designers to ever emerge from Italy....

Title : SchiaparelliPrada: Impossible Conversations
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ISBN : 9780300179552
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 324 Pages
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SchiaparelliPrada: Impossible Conversations Reviews

  • Phyllis
    2019-01-01 19:10

    Gorgeously designed catalog from the recently concluded exhibition of the same name that I am still kicking myself in the pants for missing. The parallels between the work of these two legendary designers is amazing. I was already a huge fan of Schiaparelli, but the quotes from Prada helped me understand her designs better, and now I want to revisit the great big huge Prada retrospective coffee table book. Minor nitpick: why do people always insist Schiaparelli was ugly? There's multiple photos of her in this book, and although I don't think Cecil Beaton or Man Ray could make ANYONE look bad, she looks perfectly attractive to me. End minor nitpick.

  • Helen Waters
    2019-01-15 23:04

    What an inventive way of highlighting philosophical similarities in two designers that don't normally leap to mind together ... at least, to a civilian's way of thinking. The photographs are superb as well.

  • Raquel
    2018-12-20 19:55

    Stay for the Judith Thurman essay.

  • T
    2019-01-13 20:04

    Wonderful dialogues, inspiring stories.

  • Susannah
    2018-12-17 23:57

    This book does not so much compare Schiaparelli and Prada, as it explores the underlying philosophies behind their respective design aesthetics, and expose their similarities. While Prada is very well known and well-regarded, Schiaparelli, a contemporary of Chanel, has been almost completely overlooked in her influence on fashion in favour of the later. It is great to see her design getting some respect at long last.

  • Kristenyque
    2018-12-26 18:05

    Visually stunning- this book lead me to think about the "structure" and social confines fashion can place on women. The gowns and women's suits are very beautiful, I was struck though at how confining some of them looked and how detailed they were, it made the women's beauty more of a statement rather than their lives. (They gowns were wearing them rather than them wearing the gowns!)

  • Christina
    2018-12-22 18:11

    I was very fortunate to have been able to see Impossible Conversations when the exhibit was running. In fact I went three times!! It was incredible to see how similar some of their ideas of what fashion should be and yet how dissimilar they were at the same time. This catalogue is the perfect companion for this brilliant and creative exhibit.

  • Alida
    2018-12-20 23:04

    In this conversation, Prada comes out as the lesser designer. Comparing her to Schiaparelli was obviously a compliment, however, that's not how it came across. Schiaparelli is definitely the superior designer and Prada comes off as derivative. The photos are excellent.

  • Joanna
    2018-12-24 22:07

    While some of the comparisons were a stretch, an interesting look at the design history of both women. Wish the photographs of the Prada pieces were as beautiful as the ones from the book on the McQueen exhibit they did the following year.

  • Christine
    2019-01-06 00:13

    Fascinating! A great companion to the exhibit, which I initially found a bit contrived...this book made sense of the comparison of the two designers. Great pictures and over-all thought-provoking look at two great designers.

  • Morgan
    2018-12-28 19:44

    A unique juxtaposition of two designers, each from different times and forms yet with crossing themes. Beautiful design to this book. A fine companion to the MET exhibition by the same name - I personally feel the book had more value than the exhibit, but that's just me.

  • Erica
    2019-01-02 19:54

    Interesting, informative, and encouraging. I liked thumbing through the beautiful photos to get ideas, and hear about how the designers were inspired.