Elsa Schiaparelli (French, born Italy, 1890-1973), by Jean Clément (French, 1900-1949). Necklace, Fall 1938. Clear Rhodoid (cellulose acetate plastic); metallic green, red, pink, blue, and yellow painted pressed metal ornaments). Courtesy of The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Mark your calendars, lovers of fashion exhibits! Next spring’s Costume Institute show at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is titled Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion and will feature the work of Schiaparelli, the Surrealist Italian fashion designer (Chanel’s biggest rival in the 1930s) in a “style conversation” with the work of another iconic Italian designer, Miuccia Prada, whose bags and shoes and clothes I routinely lust after (I bet you do too). It will be co-curated by Harold Koda, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, and Andrew Bolton, Curator, The Costume Institute, who curated this year’s unbelievably successful Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. It will be on view from May 10 through August 19, 2012.
In honor of this news I thought I’d post a photo of one of Schiaparelli’s works. The above insect necklace is one of her most famous accessories. And in keeping with that theme, below are recent Prada windows at the SoHo store on Prince Street, showing the accessories for Fall/Winter 2011-2012. I am in love with that green snakeprint pump.