Miuccia Prada apparently isn’t feeling the show The Costume Instute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will launch in her honor this year.
The creative director of Prada went on a complaining rampage a few days ago.
Here’s what she said, but later denied, about “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” a show based around an imaginary relationship between the two visionary designers.
“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,” WWD reported.
Prada’s publicist was not feeling the above quote, which ran around the web like wildfire. The statement below was their rebuttal:
“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.”
Elsa Schiaparelli, FYI, was a surrealist who made insanely extravagant ball gowns. She was born in the 1890s. Prada was born in 1949. Imaginary Conversations is based on a Vanity Fair idea which ran in the 1930s.