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The Met Hails Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli

Gotham Magazine - April 2012

Gotham MagazineShades of Meaning

by laurie brookins
styling by Amanda Weiner

Baz Luhrmann is stuck in Sydney, unable to leave as he completes The Great Gatsby, but this fact doesn’t seem to worry Harold Koda. “We’re a little delayed on everything, but it will all come together,” he says in early March. “Baz will likely get someone from his circle of friends there to play the part.”

Knowing Luhrmann’s circle of friends extends to the likes of Nicole Kidman and Carey Mulligan (who joins him on that Gatsby set) conjures up tantalizing notions about his participation in the Costume Institute’s newest exhibit. Luhrmann serves as creative consultant for “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” which opens May 10 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (its high-wattage annual gala, the largest fundraising source for the Costume Institute, takes place on May 7). Among the aspects bearing Luhrmann’s signature will be a series of films tracing a fictional dialogue between two fashion legends: Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada. “We can film Miuccia, but we need an actress to play Schiaparelli,” explains Koda, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute since 2000. “Hearing these two women speak to each other, bringing to life these fictive conversations, will not only feel whimsical and playful, but also will advance the [public’s] assessment of them both.”

Photography by John Midgley; Prop styling by Brian Labrecque,; Hair and hairpieces by Alberto Guzman for Cutler/Redken @; Makeup by Janeiro for Dior @; Manicure by Tracylee for Tim Howard Management using Dior Vernis; Model: Jana Wirth at Women Direct New York; Photography assistance by Paul Collins and Austin Kennedy; Prop styling assistance by Meghan Gifford and Mark Donovan; Special thanks to The Space Studios
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