Miuccia Prada isn’t too happy with the execution of the upcoming Costume Institute exhibition at the Met, which pairs her work with that of the late Elsa Schiaparelli. "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 opposites," the designer told WWD before her menswear show on January 15. "I told them, but they don’t care."
Prada (the company) issued a statement to ARTINFO about the WWD piece saying that her comments were misinterpreted. "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." The company added that "Mrs. Prada confirms that she admires the total curatorial independence of the museum to the extent that they amost did not take into consideration her vision."
The exhibition, "Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion," compares the designs of Prada, 62, and Schiaparelli, who died in 1973 at age 83. It will feature approximately 80 pieces total, Schiaparelli’s from the late ‘20s to early ‘50s, and Prada’s from the late ‘80s to present. Aside from both being female and Italian, Schiaparelli and Prada are both known for their art world connections. Prada exhibited part of her art collection, which includes works by Maurizio Cattelan and Donald Judd, in Venice’s Ca' Corner della Regina last summer to coincide with the Venice Biennale. Schiaparelli was friends with artists like Jean Cocteau and Alberto Giacometti in her lifetime.