The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala is often called the Oscars of the East Coast, and it’s easy to see why—the red carpet looks are just as breathtaking! Designers and celebrities climbed the steps of the Upper East Side museum last night to celebrate the opening of its new style exhibit featuring the work of two Italian fashion greats—Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli. In turn, many of Prada’s biggest fans showed up wearing pieces by (and in honor of) the designer, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Eva Mendes, Kate Bosworth, and Diane Kruger, shown above. Click through the gallery for celebrity photos and fashion credits from the 2012 Met Gala! The exhibit, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, will be open to the public May 10th through August 19th; visit metmuseum.org for more information.
Schiaparelli is having a moment! Nearly 40 years after the death of Elsa Shiaparelli, the Italian fashion designer’s iconic label is the focus of this year’s Costume Institute exhibit at the Met, and, thanks to Italian business titan Diego Della Valle, her line is set to enjoy a revival, WWD reports. Between the two World Wars, Elsa Schiaparelli was one of fashion’s most prominent figures, and she’s credited with the invention of brightly colored zippers, mix-and-match sportswear, and the wedge shoe. Della Valle will name a designer to head up the project this September, and Schiaparelli’s first collection since 1954 will debut next February, with an emphasis on accessories and cosmetics. What an exciting comeback!
The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is following up last year’s immensely successful Alexander McQueen exhibit with a new collection featuring the work of two Italian greats—the late Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada. The the 80-piece exhibition, titled Impossible Conversations, juxtaposes the two designers’ work to show how both have influenced (and continue to influence) modern design. The exhibit opens May 10th and will run until August 19th—so mark your calendars now. Click through the gallery for a sneak peek, and visit metmuseum.org for more info.