Costume Institute’s ‘Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion’ Exhibit

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Leading ladies: Miuccia Prada in 1998 and Elsa Schiaparelli in 1934

It will certainly be hard to top the record-breaking Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition that took the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute by storm, but as we previously reported, the museum has lined up two mold-breaking women for 2012.

The spring exhibit, on display from May 10 to August 19, 2012, has been named Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion and will be set up as a "conversation" between the late Schiaparelli and Prada, inspired by artist Miguel Covarrubias’s "Impossible Interviews" series for Vanity Fair in the ‘30s.

"Juxtaposing the work of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada allows us to explore how the past enlightens the present and how the present enlivens the past," said Harold Koda, the Costume Institute's curator in charge, in a release.

About 80 Schiaparelli and Prada designs in total will be showcased, drawn from both the Costume Institute’s Collection and the Prada Archive.

Of course, this being the Met, there’s a serious amount of star power backing the exhibit as well. Director Baz Luhrmann will serve as a creative consultant (read: expect an over-the-top theatrical staging) and Carey Mulligan, Miuccia Prada, and Anna Wintour will serve as co-chairs of the Gala Benefit on May 7.

In related news, take a look back at the now-legendary Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition.