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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2012
Another beautiful publication from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I've to admit I'm no Prada fan but I was attracted to this book on the prospect of having a chance to view some of Schiaparelli's beautiful creations.
This attractive book exceeded my expectations, it is beautifully bound and loaded with artistic fashion photography.
The photos present a mixture of clear archival images depicting Schiaparelli's elegant garments juxtaposed with colorful images from modern Prada collections. Each photo has captions revealing their respective dates.
The text in the book is concise, there is a brief introduction at the beginning of the book, then there are several booklets scattered between the images and they reproduce several comments by both ladies explaining their sources of inspiration, techniques, and their approach to creative design. The booklets may also contain some small photos, close-ups, or sketches. The layout of those pamphlets is nice as they don't affect the beauty of the illustrations and they are printed on high-quality paper.
This is a fine addition to any fashion and photography collection as it is both insightful and visually attractive.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2012
I went to the Schiaparelli & Prada exhibit @ The Met, I thought it was a stunning and highly interesting exhibit. The works on view are arranged into seven themes: "Waist Up/Waist Down," "Ugly Chic," "Hard Chic," "Naïf Chic," "The Classical Body," "The Exotic Body," and "The Surreal Body." As you enter there is a collection of Schiaparelli jackets that are stunning besides Prada skirts, opposite is an amazing collection of Schiaparelli hats accompanied by Prada shoes, then then you move on to a room that firt showcases "hard chic", "Naif Chic" Last is a room of mirrors.. All along are videos of Prada and an actress who plays Schiaparelli talking, you really get a feel and understand these two great women.
The book is $50 @ The Met, it is a real bargain on here. The book is a must have for anyone who enjoyed the exhibit, it is beautifully and artistically done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2013
My wife is the expert. I couldn't possibly keep up but at least I can talk about the photos I see. She loves the visualization and I love asking question about the photos I see. I think they do a tremendous job keeping the informed and non-informed literate. I always will buy the books from the Met. Outstanding art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2015
Awesome book, definitely buy it if you're a Miuccia Prada and/or Schiaparelli fan. The included quotes, or "conversations," are really fun to read. The photographs are really good, and display the clothing beautifully. The book itself and its pages are of great quality.
Worth purchasing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2014
Really amazing. Unique layout is really interesting--there are different size pages in book like little inserts with extras on them. Beautiful and clever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2014
Wonderful book, well worth the money. The images alone are a joy. Inspirational.
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on May 20, 2013
Added this to my fashion collection section.
Nice addition to the other designers. Book came in very nice condition. Thanks!
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on March 20, 2013
I gave this book to a cousin who is into fashion, and she appreciated it. I loved the story and pictures that go along with book.
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on February 4, 2015
Excellent item, highly satisfied, prompt delivery
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on April 5, 2015
Perfect condition, love it
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