NYC’s Met Ball is among the biggest events on the fashion calendar.Here’s presenting this year’s display Impossible Conversations
Every year the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York City organises the Met Ball to celebrate the annual opening of its fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute – gallery space at the basement area of the museum. Today, the museum hosts two separate shows in the galleries using costumes from its archives centered on a theme or a specific designer. To commemorate the spring show, the Met along with Vogue magazines hosts a gala where the designers walk the red carpet with their muses who usually happen to be models or celebrities dressed in their creations to view the exhibit and dinner. This event is called the ‘Oscars of Fashion’ because of the high fashion quotient on its red carpet and also because it is a highly exclusive event where Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour oversees the guest list herself. In the past the Costume Institute hosted exhibitions on ‘Rock Style’ in 1999 where the style of musicians like Madonna, The Beatles and David Bowie were highlighted. In 2005 the ‘Chanel exhibit’ showcasing the work of designer Coco Chanel was displayed. In 2008, the ‘Superheroes: fashion and fantasy’ exhibit suggested the metaphorical vision of superheroes as fashion icons. Last year the theme was ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ where the late designer’s iconic work was displayed and even worn by some leading ladies like Sarah Jessica Parker.
This year the exhibit is homage to designers Schiaparelli and Prada. Titled ‘Impossible Conversations’ the display explores the prominent affinities between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, two Italian designers from different time periods. As per the information on the Met website, the exhibition features orchestrated conversations between these iconic women to suggest new readings of their most innovative work. Iconic ensembles will be presented with videos of simulated conversations between Schiaparelli and Prada directed by film director Baz Luhrmann, focusing on how both women explore similar themes in their work through very different approaches. The exhibition showcases approximately 90 designs and 30 accessories by Schiaparelli (1890–1973) from the late 1920s to the early 1950s and by Prada from the late 1980s to the present. Drawn from The Costume Institute’s collection and the Prada Archive, as well as other institutions and private collections, signature objects by both designers are arranged in seven themed galleries: “Waist Up/Waist Down,” “Ugly Chic,” “Hard Chic,” “Naïf Chic,” “The Classical Body,” “The Exotic Body,” and “The Surreal Body.” Schiaparelli, who worked in Paris from the 1920s until her house closed in 1954, was closely associated with the Surrealist movement and created such iconic pieces as the “Tear” dress, the “Shoe” hat, and the “Bug” necklace. Prada, who holds a degree in political science, took over her family’s Milan-based business in 1978, and focuses on fashion that reflects the eclectic nature of Postmodernism.
The grand ball was held on May 7, 2012 where celebrities like supermodel Gisele Bundchen, American football star Tom Brady, designer Marc Jacobs, actress Cate Blanchet, singer Alicia Keys amongst many others attended the event. Below are a select few images from the red carpet which should make you nod in agreement of the Met Ball being called the fashion’s Oscars.
The ‘Shiaparelli and Prada
–Impossible Conversations’ exhibit is on view from May 10 to August 19, 2012 at the Met Museum in New York for public.
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