The Met Museum has unveiled a preview of its new Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada exhibition, opening next month, in which an imaginary dialogue between the two designers sees the latter explaining the importance of the humble apron.
Miuccia Prada, arguably one of the most intellectual fashion designers of our time, talks about how women and their daily lives inspire her uber creative work.
“I’m interested in the lives of women in general, which is why I love aprons,” said Prada. “The apron is a recurring theme in my work because it is symbolic of women’s sufferance. It’s an emblem of women’s despair, their poverty, their passions. I love drama and romance. It’s one of the reasons why I love antique jewellery - I like to live the lives of other women”.
For both Schiaparelli and Prada, fashion is a way to reflect cultural and political ideas and to promote non conventional ideas of beauty and femininity.
And we love both of them for that!