"Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" Exhibit Wraps Up, Numbers Disappoint


Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations met

Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The 'Naïf Chic' gallery in the "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations".


The highly-anticipated "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which opened on May 10, finally wrapped up on Sunday August 19.

Although no one expected it to come close to the record-breaking "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" exhibit, which was the eighth biggest show in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s history and the biggest of its Costume Institute exhibitions, Prada didn't even come close with a total attendance of 339,838 while McQueen tallied 661,509, according to the New York Times.

Although the exhibit got much coverage in the fashion world—the annual Met gala was held in celebration of the major exhibit—the rest of the public didn't follow suit, leaving the final attendance short a couple hundred thousand.

The Prada/Schiaparelli split exhibit didn't compete with the Met's top performing Costume Institute exhibits, including the 2005 show on Chanel with 463,600 visitors and the 2001 show on Jacqueline Kennedy with 559,902 visitors.

A stunning melding of the distinctly different yet similarly cerebral works of the two Italian designers, the fashion world clearly doesn't always dictate trends, especially if they are numerical.


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