by Jilian Sanz & Regina Arriola
Photo Credit: Wire Image
There is no doubt that the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Gala is amongst the most posh (read: well-attended by those with celeb rankings) event in New York City. And while we at Haute Fashion Daily waited with bated breath to see just what said poshsters would be wearing, it must be said that the true reason for this extraordinary event is a celebration of fashion as art.
Last year the gala celebrated Alexander McQueen just after the designer’s tragic death; and the exhibition turned out to be one of the most talked about around the country, if not the world. This year the spotlight shifted to highlight the works of both the living and the dead, Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada. And since the former passed just before the latter took the helm at Prada, it seems appropriate that the gala be dubbed after what is quite obviously, impossible, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.
And while whispers about what a convo between those two forces would have been like swept the corridors of the museum, the common subtext was definitely that both these female, mega-watt design talents are, and were, powerful, Italian women who have left and will leave indelible marks on our world.
Of course, a slew of other designers were present, if not in person, through their works which were draped on top models, actresses, singers, editors and heavy-hitting industry fixtures of all shapes and sizes. We wonder who will have the honor of highlighted talent come 2013.