This year is not yet over and I am already looking forward to the 2012 exhibition schedule. Here are the top 3 shows that I am giddy with excitement over.
“Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion” at the Costume Institute, NYC, Opens May 7th.
The Costume Institute has recently announced that Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada will be the focus of their Spring spectacular. According to the museum, the exhibition is “inspired by Miguel Covarrubias’s “Impossible Interviews” for Vanity Fair in the 1930s. The curators Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton will originate fictive conversations between these iconic women to suggest new readings of their most innovative work.” Schiaparelli was the darling of the Surrealist circle (who can forget that lobster dress or the shoe hat) and Prada is, ofcourse a fervent supporter of the arts not to mention, the favorite fashion designer of just about every art dealer in the world. Taking its cue from Umberto Eco’s books On Beauty and On Ugliness, the exhibition galleries will have videos of “conversations” between Schiaparelli and Prada will follow the book’s paradigm, and will be organized by topics such as On Art, On Politics, On Women, and On Creativity. The show will consist of 80 of Schiap’s designs from the 1920’s through the 1950’s and Prada’s creations from the 1980’s to the present. I still can not get the “Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli” exhibition out of my head that that Philadelphia Museum of Art staged in 2003. I imagine that this will be just as fabulous, if not even more so. Baz Luhrmann, the film director who is currently shooting The Great Gatsby, will serve as the creative consultant.
With London hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics, the V+ A Museum has decided to take this opportunity to celebrate the best of British design. The all-encompassing show will feature 300 objects including product design, fashion and textiles, furniture, ceramics and glass, graphics, photography, architecture, fine art and sculpture, from post-WWII to contemporary times. Audience favorites should be the galleries devoted to 1960’s Swinging London and 1970’s Punk culture.
I am a sucker for anything that Marc Jacobs does and while I think that it would be interesting to see an exhibition solely devoted to Jacobs career and not just is Vuitton years, I will take what I can get. The museum promises that this will not be a retrospective but instead an analysis of the careers of these two men. I am not sure if there has ever been a Vuitton exhibition and so it will be interesting to get to know the man behind the famus monogram.