Miucca Prada is Having Impossible Conversations on Italian Chairs from Laserow Antiques

by Liza Laserow

From the exhibition at The Met: Surreal Body

From the exhibition at The Met: Exotic Body

From the exhibition at The Met: Waist Up

The chairs used in the interview

A pair of Italian Baroque side chairs in original black embossed leather with acanthus leaves


Back in January I received an email from Conde Nast about a couple of chairs for a shoot and interview with Miucca Prada. My thought was: Miucca Prada sitting and talking fashion on my chairs!! Amazing! The interview was for The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and their spring 2012 exhibition about Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada. About Fashion and a fascinating exploration of these two Italian designers from two very different eras, in a format inspired by Miguel Covarrubia’s “Impossible Interviews” published in Vanity Fair in the 1930s. The exhibition is curated by the Costume Institute’s curator in charge, Harold Koda, and curator, Andrew Bolton, features approximately 80 designs by Schiaparelli (1890-1973) from the late 1920s to the early 1950s and the work of Ms. Prada from the late 1980s to present.

The interview where the chairs is used is one of eight short videos in the exhibition that were created by Baz Luhrmann. In the videos, Miuccia Prada talks with Schiaparelli, who is played by actress Judy Davis. “Schiap” and Prada are seated at a dining table in a dialogue created using paraphrased excerpts from Schiaparelli’s autobiography, Shocking Life, and Prada’s filmed remarks. Viewers have the impression of eavesdropping on a fantastical meeting of two great fashion minds.

See the video here: http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2012/impossible-conversations/audio-and-video

The exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is on through the 10th of August.