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“Waist Up/Waist Down,” with Prada light green silk printed with illustrations by James Jean, 2008, paired with a 1937 Schiaparelli black wool evening jacket and blouse, embroidered with metallic thread and yellow rhinestones, on left, and Prada silk organza skirt embroidered with mirrors and orange leather leaves, 1999-2000, paired with a 1937-38 Schiaparelli green silk velvet evening jacket with red and pink rhinestones
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Close Encounters

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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