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It's going to be hard to follow up the massive success of Savage Beauty, but the Met plans to try with next year's Costume Institute exhibit, which will be dedicated to two Italian designers: Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada.
In today's Women's Wear Daily, Costume Institute curator Harold Koda confirmed the early rumors about the show, explaining that the goal is to create a dialogue between the designers' work. That conversation never happened in real life, since Schiaparelli died in 1973. But like Prada, she was a strong woman with an eye for provocation and an affinity for the art world.
This theme might sound a little bloodless compared with the crowd-pleasing Alexander McQueen show, but the Institute has tapped Australian director Baz Luhrmann to be creative consultant, which means some Moulin Rouge!-style insanity might be in store. They've also asked Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, to act as honorary chair along with Carey Mulligan, Anna Wintour, and Prada herself.
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· Elsa Schiaparelli, Miuccia Prada to Meet at the Met [WWD, subscription req'd]
· Met Rumors [Racked NY]