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Schiaparelli shocking pink jacket , 1938, woven with circus horses in gold metallic thread with acrobat-shaped buttons, left, “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Close Encounters

SCHIAPARELLI AND PRADA AT THE MET
by Linda Yablonsky

Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli never met, nor were the two designers cut from the same philosophical cloth. Yet in “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conservations,” the splashy follow-up to last year’s blockbuster Alexander McQueen survey by the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, these two art-smart fashion titans have much to say to one another, both in words and through their clothes.

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