The follow up exhibition to 2011’s devastatingly beautiful, record breaking Alexander McQueen retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, is the aptly titled Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: Impossible Conversations – ‘Impossible’ because Schiaparelli has been dead for almost 40 years. However, visionary filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has made the conversation between the two designers slightly more achievable by directing grand Australian thespian Judy Davis and Mrs. Prada herself in a film accompanying the retrospective.
Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Luhrmann revealed that the film project came as “a gesture of genuine friendship” between himself, his wife and collaborator Catherine Martin, and the three women involved: Prada, Anna Wintour – who chairs the Met Museum’s Costume Institute – and Davis, who plays the role of the Italian born designer, Schiap.
Luhrmann’s film will involve a dining table conversation between the two hugely influential Italian designers, but it isn’t the first time the director and Prada have worked together. Luhrmann states that “Miuccia and I met fifteen years ago when she worked with us on realizing Leonardo’s suit for Romeo and Juliet. In fact, Miuccia and her husband, Patrizio, were among the very first people to see the film and believe in it. More than that, she is a real a friend, and I have always admired her creativity and mind.” This guy, right?:
Along with resident Bazmark costume designer extraordinaire Martin, Prada also allegedly contributed select costumes (alongside iconic American tailors Brooks Brothers, who were commissioned for the film’s menswear costumes) for Luhrmann’s upcoming adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, which (according to a source on set – #srsjournalism) were worn exclusively by models during shooting. Prada’s Fall 2011 collection featured the dropped waist silhouette of a twenties flapper and those used in the costume department were reportedly “flown from the runway.” Baz is fond of an anachronism here and a knowing wink there, so I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these plastic paillette numbers popped up in a party scene on Alice Burdeau or Gemma Ward. Carey Mulligan, who plays Daisy Buchanan in the adaptation, also got hitched last weekend in Prada, not in Versace as previously reported. My bad. Not a bad little group of friends to have your back, no?