Baz Luhrmann’s acting as “Creative Director” of the Met’s 2012 costume exhibition, “Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada on Fashion,” and part of the interview the director conducted with Prada has made its way into WWD.
In it, the designer says she’s not quite thrilled with the museum’s representation of her work:
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.
Prada goes on to say that, “my way of thinking is there, at least in speech,” indicating that her point of view will be told through Luhrmann’s text, not necessarily through the grouping of clothes. That she’s not entirely convinced of the similarities between her and Schiaparelli isn’t surprising—the two have little in common other than that they’re both Italian women who’ve had (and continue to have) a tremendous influence on fashion—but that the Met doesn’t care seems unlikely. If true, they’re bound to change their tune now that the industry’s buzzing with Prada’s discontent. Though it’s too late to change the premise of the exhibition, maybe they’ll refrain from trying so hard to make similarities happen.
In other news, it was announced late last week that both Michelle Williams and Carey Mulligan will co-chair the gala. Here’s hoping one of them wears Schiaparelli!