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Book Giveaway: “Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations”

Jan 10, 2013
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Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations

SEPARATED BY TIME
Despite their generation gap, the two Italian and feminist designers, Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli, share similarities in terms of their design strategies and fashion manifestoes. Presented as an intimate conversation, Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations by Andrew Bolton and Harold Koda (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012) describes the similarities of the two designers. Beautiful photos and insightful text show the parallels between the two, by demonstrating their preferences for interesting textiles and prints, eccentric color palettes, and a bold and playful approach to styling and accessories.

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
The book was written to coincide with the Met’s Spring 2012 Costume Institute exhibition, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. The exhibition featured approximately one hundred designs and forty accessories created by the two designers which were arranged in seven themed galleries. The exhibit is now closed, but this book documents much of what was on display.

LEAVE A COMMENT TO BECOME ELIGIBLE TO WIN!
Would you like to win this great book? Tell us what you would love to learn about Prada or Schiaparelli. Submit your comment below, and you will be entered to win. The deadline for comments is midnight on Wednesday, January 23. The winner will be announced during the week of January 28 and will also be notified via email. Good luck!

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  1. User avater user-2428990 March 11th

    If I could look into their minds....

  2. CurlyLeslie January 25th

    I would love to learn about how they got their start in designing!

  3. User avater monkemama January 24th

    What an interesting book. I'd love to have it.

  4. SewWhatLilly January 23rd

    Oh my! This looks like a wonderful book. I would love to make this a part of my sewing and design library and get some great ideas for my next project.

  5. SewWhatLilly January 23rd

    Oh my! This looks like a wonderful book. I would love to make this a part of my sewing and design library and get some great ideas for my next project.

  6. Lundabo January 23rd

    I want to know more about their creativity. What makes a woman born 1890, Elsa Schiaparelli, to do such amazing creations. The same for Prada today. They are both playing with our imagination.

  7. beachdoll January 23rd

    I am fascinated by the first couturiers and want their influence to show in the custom ensembles I make for clients and for fashion dolls. Schiaparelli is as couture as they come, and Prada the fashions that are always leading the way to the future. And, it would be great to read and compare to my book on Vionnet! beachdoll

  8. gclavergne January 22nd

    I've been fascinated by Schiaparelli ever since I saw her locust button jacket on the cover of Claire Shaeffer's Couture Sewing Techniques. I would love to win a book about her. Reading about Prada, too, would be a welcome bonus. Thanks!

  9. User avater Laura_Mae January 22nd

    I would love to learn more about Schiaparelli's sewing techniques and inspirations - how exactly does one come up with a shoe as a hat! And what I wouldn't give to have access to some of those fabulous prints that walk down the Prada runway!

  10. bajjmayer January 22nd

    I would love to learn more about their inspirations.

  11. user-574200 January 22nd

    Strong women inspire, so I would love to have book on Schiaparelli...and Prada.

  12. MisterStitches January 22nd

    Another great offer from my favorite magazine. I love historical fashion and this book seems to offer both; historical and contemporary designers and fashion. Count me in.

  13. SewMyDreams January 22nd

    This was a wonderful exhibit and the way they compared the styles of these two designers was very interesting. The book was quite expensive and not in my budget. It would be nice to have this copy not only as a source of inspiration but it would also be great to help me re-live that enjoyable day at the MET...whoever is the winner I know if you love fashion and sewing you surely will enjoy this publication!

  14. SilksWithAttitude January 22nd

    The breadth which Prada produces never ceases to impress. The lines are simple, clean and bordering on classic.

    Schiaparelli rightfully takes us back to an era when women were crossing barriers and clothing resembled armor to a certain extent. One can almost feel the self confidence exuding from these designs, yet undeniably feminine.

    This book would be a delight to own since the Exhibition is now history and unfortunately far from the middle of nowhere - where I live!

  15. User avater togorose January 21st

    I would love to win this book, I enjoy learning new sewing techniques and I think this would inspire more. Knowledge is very important in life and to get this a person has to read and try to apply what they have read. I love reading any type of sewing book and or magazines. I also subscribe to several magazines including Threads.

  16. User avater togorose January 21st

    I would love to win this book, I enjoy learning new sewing techniques and I think this would inspire more. Knowledge is very important in life and to get this a person has to read and try to apply what they have read. I love reading any type of sewing book and or magazines. I also subscribe to several magazines including Threads.

  17. nat64 January 21st

    Schiaparelli had the most amazing whimsical designs. would love to learn more about both designers.

  18. Sewmeister January 20th

    I love her wild designs. best is the coat with the woman's face and hair

  19. vintagesewist January 20th

    I would enjoy learning more about the design processes of both these designers.

  20. sewerdownunder January 20th

    I would love to learn more of who both these fashion artists/fashion creators were. Because, "what we do comes from who we are." this would stretch me futher in my sewing and creating journey.

  21. SewMyDreams January 19th

    Schiaparelli was an amazing and very interesting woman with many "firsts" in her designs. Would like to see what they said about Prada in this book.

  22. dragonlover66 January 19th

    wow, omg, wow

  23. JennyEbner January 18th

    How could anyone who loves fashion and sewing not be totally thrilled to get and be able to read this book over and over again? What an inspiration it would be to all of us. I know I would spend hours pondering over the words and illustrations, and then I would give it to my granddaughter who is in her senior year at Eastern Kentucky University and will graduate with a degree in Fashion Design. next December.

  24. JennyEbner January 18th

    How could anyone who loves fashion and sewing not be totally thrilled to get and be able to read this book over and over again? What an inspiration it would be to all of us. I know I would spend hours pondering over the words and illustrations, and then I would give it to my granddaughter who is in her senior year at Eastern Kentucky University and will graduate with a degree in Fashion Design. next December.

  25. soexperimental January 18th

    Love Elsa's style and humour! and to share the comparison with Prada...Ohh my !!

    I would love to win this book,
    to possess it,
    to read it again and again,
    and to gloat over the illustrations. DIvine.

    I would be thrilled to win this. Thankyou

  26. User avater Sew_With_Me January 17th

    Schiaparelli and Prada dare to dream outside of the boxes in which convention and society often tries to place us. Schiaparelli had a wonderful sense of humour and it would have been fabulous to have been a fly on the wall to Prada's questions re the 'outrageous' side to her personality. I think owning this book would help my imagination to soar likewise (well, perhaps not with as much attention as these wonderful designers drew....)!

  27. User avater megamom January 17th

    This sounds like a very interesting book, that I would love to read!

  28. User avater TNGAL January 17th

    I have read a lot on Prada but not so much on Schiaparelli. I have read some history of Prada also and like to learn how these people got started. I sew clothes and look at the designs so I can incorporated some of the details into my own sewing. I would love to win the book to learn even more.

  29. dolinbliss January 17th

    Oh, how I wished I could of gone to this exhibit! But, getting the book would be a lovely alternative. Thanks.

  30. Janelsommer January 17th

    Have visited the Prada in LA (including some hands-on of merchandise and a guided tour of the store's architecture and construction). Elsa Schiparelli's "art" and construction techniques are wonderful; and Miuccia Prada's marketing savvy as well as her fashion sense are so full of delightful surprises. I want to read more about them!

  31. SewHollister January 17th

    I would love to learn more about how they accessorize and the unique color combinations they both used. They are both wonderful designers and I would be thrilled to add the book to my couture sewing library.

  32. User avater KaptKim January 17th

    I would love this book for my sewing library! I love learning about iconic designers and this book comparing two of them looks fabulous! May the sewing goddesses shine down on my entry when you choose the winner!!

  33. User avater jamaco January 17th

    i would love to learn more about these designers!

  34. User avater Anielia January 17th

    Fascinating way to reveal insights into the design process of these two icons. Would love the chance to read it!

  35. CarriefromTN January 17th

    I take inspiration for my garments from so many places - movies, books, even nature. I would be honored to have this book.

  36. User avater agapantha January 17th

    Living in the wilds of Wyoming, books are the closest I get to haute couture.

  37. User avater CarrGrand January 16th

    I would love to have this book! Beautiful clothing design and construction, including all the wonderful details are a passion of mine!

  38. User avater BotanicalJan January 16th

    I love to take my fabric stash and dream, but very seldom have time to do more than that. Books and magazines give me another chance to take a few minutes before turning out the light to think of new things to do with that stash.

  39. user-2290873 January 16th

    I am always fascinated to find new looks and how rip the looks are created in an effort to use these design features on my own garments.

  40. User avater MissPat January 16th

    Would love to win this book. It would be a great addition to my collection of costume books.

  41. User avater rxxanne January 16th

    I am interested in the placement and various seams used.

  42. SUZYSBLUES2 January 16th

    I love to study the works of great masters! In the world of fashion, these two artists create masterful and beautiful clothing. A book like this is full of inspiration and awe! I would love to spend time reading this and being completely amazed!

  43. CarolynSoto1 January 16th

    Choose me please. I love shocking pink color, and my cat is named Prada.

  44. User avater organdy January 16th

    we all want to win! thanks for the opportunity.

  45. User avater slmendes January 16th

    What a wonderful way to learn about these two great designers and how they are similar. It looks like a beautiful and inspirational book to have in my collection!

  46. User avater 416 January 16th

    I would be honored to receive a book about Schiaparelli and Prada. Learning about their inspirations and private lives would help me to appreciate why they would choose to make one garment beaded in a certain place and another garment pleated. It makes me think about what person would spend hours making a gorgeous dress for another person to wear. I would like to read about the fashions that were important during the Post War era (1939) and the fashions that were important during Prada's times. This book will be an asset to my sewing library if I win it. Thank you.

  47. user-1119600 January 16th

    I wold love to have this book in my personal library.

  48. marieteresa January 16th

    Schiaparelli was one of my favourite designers and I am old enough to remember the lipstick Shocking Pink by Schiaparelli all those years ago, I'm sure the book is wonderful best wishes Marieteresa

  49. marieteresa January 16th

    Schiaparelli was one of my favourite designers and I am old enough to remember the lipstick Shocking Pink by Schiaparelli all those years ago, I'm sure the book is wonderful best wishes Marieteresa

  50. marieteresa January 16th

    Schiaparelli was one of my favourite designers and I am old enough to remember the lipstick Shocking Pink by Schiaparelli all those years ago, I'm sure the book is wonderful best wishes Marieteresa

  51. marieteresa January 16th

    Schiaparelli was one of my favourite designers and I am old enough to remember the lipstick Shocking Pink by Schiaparelli all those years ago, I'm sure the book is wonderful best wishes Marieteresa

  52. User avater SewReel January 16th

    Since I live in SW Oregon, I'm about as far from the exhibit as one can be. I always love learning more about iconic designers, their style and inspiration. This book looks awesome and I would love to be the winner. Thanks Threads:))

  53. PlainJaney January 16th

    I wish I could have seen this exhibition!! I would ask these two designers what was their inspiration for the innovative things they did.

  54. User avater sewprettylulu January 16th

    I'm a fashion design student so this book would make a great refence inspiration book to have for many years to come as I become a professional one day myself

    Thank you very much

  55. User avater user-898234 January 16th

    Anyone who loves fashion would want to read this book!

  56. user-2163426 January 16th

    I saw the exhibit and it was amazing! I would love to know more about their personal lives and the inspiration for their work.

  57. trudiram January 16th

    Schiaparelli is unique and Prada is interesting. It would be nice to find out more about both of them.

  58. hanksews January 16th

    One of the best aspects of sewing is that there is always something new to learn. Sometimes that new learning requires a look back to the styles/techniques/fabrics of the past. This book provides great inspiration for modern sewers.

  59. CarolynK919 January 16th

    I've always been interested in Schiaparelli, but know little about Prada. This book looks like a good introduction!

  60. user-1109509 January 16th

    This book looks interesting!

  61. user-2352327 January 16th

    I would love to win this book.

  62. User avater maggsc January 16th

    It's a good feeling to learn something new every day and then pass on the information.

  63. user-789948 January 16th

    Both icons of design - but a lifetime apart. Yet Schiaparelli is still way ahead of so many of todays concepts.She shows there are no barriers between art & fashion - and that fashion can also be 'tongue in cheek' and fun. I would love to own any book that contains more wonderful pictures of her work, and maybe find inspiration for my own work! Being able to view Prada as well.....amazing

  64. soie January 16th

    Being a costumer, observing and studying fashion history is an ongoing pursuit and the idea of comparing Prada with Schiaparelli is intriguing. I love the humor and originality of Schiaparelli's designs which are still unique today. Having both designers showcased in one book would be an interesting source of inspiration and enjoyment of the creative process.

  65. User avater RStaff49 January 16th

    I would love to win this book to learn about both designers and see how they could stimulate my sewing. There is so much to learn! I am sure the book is full of photographs and illustrations (eye candy)! Many thanks for offering this very interesting book!

  66. kerstin54 January 16th

    up to now I wasn't very interested in Prada fashion, it's not my prefered style. But I've ever been very interested in Schiaparelli. There are several books and lots of articles in my fashion library about her. I love Schiaparellis curved female style, the funny details she used to give a special "kick" to her fashion, the way she used unusual material. Interesting to see, how influence of and collaboration with artists of her time made her fashion so special. I don't see that at Prada. Seems to be very interesting to compare these both.
    Certainly I'm very interested to get the book :-)

  67. user-2181850 January 16th

    Perhaps if I put the book under my pillow, I would learn how to create beautiful garments just like these two designers simply by osmosis. If not, I would just enjoy the pictures.

  68. Dizzylizz January 16th

    I am fascinated with exploring and learning about authentic beauty in women...from the soul out...and how these artists honor the beauty of individual women and women collectively.

  69. tamarad January 16th

    Sounds like a wonderful insightful read. Count me in!

  70. lorrainem January 16th

    I would love to win this to complete the designer/fashion books collection for my sister

  71. User avater azbarbara January 16th

    What an interesting idea for a book - love it!

  72. user-1109979 January 16th

    Oh to escape the drudgery of the everyday and peak into the life of those so talented! Sigh...

  73. user-1083681 January 16th

    I was lucky enough to see this exhibit at the Met! The displays were stunning--breathtaking in reality! I would love to win this book to explore more about these two fashion icons.

  74. shstein January 15th

    This books looks very interesting

  75. ripitoutrita January 15th

    I would take this book with me on a Sunday afternoon with a nice glass of wine and sit in my favourite chair. I would first turn each page to look at the pictures. Then I would start on the first page. I would savour each word, each thought and I would enjoy it. After each chapter, I would make my notes, sketch out an idea, get inspired.

    It would be a lovely Sunday afternoon with a good book.

  76. user-803717 January 15th

    I would love to add this fine book to my sewing library. Thank you for the opportunity to win a designer classic.

    ipanema@mchsi.com

  77. user-803717 January 15th

    I would love to add this fine book to my sewing library. Thank you for the opportunity to win a designer classic.

    ipanema@mchsi.com

  78. denisekerner January 15th

    Oh, please, please please let me have this book!!! It will be well-loved!

  79. User avater arefaces January 15th

    The closet I'll ever get to see the EXHIBIT as a Fashion and Merchandising student... Would love to have this book to read, study and review over and over.

  80. skiss January 15th

    This book makes up for not being able to see the exhibit.
    It is a great opportunity to learn from two greats.

  81. user-1121234 January 15th

    What a wonderful opportunity to expand my knowledge. As a long-time sewist who is always eager to learn more, I would treasure this book

  82. User avater Danitajc January 15th

    I studied American History for Teaching and missed out on opportunities for in-depth studies for individuals and game changers. Now I am making up for lost time by gaining insight into the behind the scenes roles of women and how fashion affected society in times of war and peace. This book would be a sheer delight to read and share with others who would otherwise not have the opportunity! Thank you for this opportunity!
    Danita

  83. User avater sophronia January 15th

    I love the daring of Schiaparelli! It would be great to learn more about her and Prada.

  84. user-1109823 January 15th

    Can't see it in person. Would love to study how the designers worked, get inspiration.

  85. User avater Miira January 15th

    I know I can't get to the exhibit, so I would so love the book. Schiaparelli- what a genius. They don't make them like that any more.

  86. User avater tulleyhi January 15th

    Both with such mastery and humor, great inspiration. I'd love to know more about Schiaparelli's collaborations and where those amazing insect buttons came from!

  87. User avater gandmfausel January 15th

    I so wanted to get to this exhibit, the book would be the next best thing.

  88. User avater SchoolOfMoxie January 15th

    I would love to learn more about Schiaparelli. I already love Prada, so the comparison would be amazing. I can also showcase the book to my readers at http://www.schoolofmoxie.com and I think they would really like to know about this book. ~Mary Ann

  89. GuildedVeil January 15th

    I would love to add this book to my library for not only historical reference but also artistic inspiration in my own work.

  90. user-1114300 January 15th

    The cover on this book looks just like a photo of my Mother in the 40's;I grew up in the 50's and love those old styles my Mum wore.

  91. User avater TJSEWS January 15th

    I would love to win this book. I am particularly intrigued by Schiaparelli's sense of humor evident in her designs.

  92. user-1064945 January 15th

    I would like to know what common thread ran through their development as designers and what fostered their sense of playfulness in terms of design. Was there someone who mentored each of them? I don't know much about them as people except seeing the designs.

  93. User avater anttibear January 15th

    The wealth of genius available in one book would be so terrific to have. Just think of all a person could gleen.

  94. JeanneA January 15th

    This looks like a wonderful book that would be great for my collection of sewing and sewing related books.

  95. User avater ElleCsews January 15th

    I am quite familiar with Schiaparelli, having several books about her, considerably less so about Prada. I would love to learn about the two of them, and what similarities they share.

  96. user-2058214 January 15th

    I would love to understand Shiaparelli's and Prada's approach to style, what they were thinking - it was so elegant and different.

  97. memarston January 15th

    Oh, to win or not. Thank you for offering such divine prizes!

  98. user-1151004 January 15th

    I'm trying to learn more about couture sewing, and this looks like it would be a great source of learning and inspiration. Pick me!

  99. user-2335956 January 15th

    We are so fortunate to be able to study the designs of these fashion designers.

  100. User avater Nalers January 15th

    I would love to have this book!

  101. Lillace January 15th

    Would love to compare the silhouettes of the two designers and merge them for a new look.

  102. user-1135603 January 15th

    long time fan

  103. user-1115563 January 15th

    The Met does such a fabulous job with the exhibits and the books to accompany them. I saw the Alexander McQueen show and the Fashion and Comics exhibit and the books for both are treasured pieces in my collection.

  104. camillepdx January 15th

    I would love to hear more about the thinking behind these to artists.

  105. WendyAnn January 15th

    This book sounds interesting. I would like it to learn new ways to do finishing work and to get ideas for designing dresses.

  106. pickle_soup January 15th

    Wow! I bet there are amazing pictures in this book. It would be so fun trying to see the designer's thoughts and attempt to deconstruct the designs to use some of their ideas. Thanks so much for the offer!

  107. Dsapsmith January 15th

    Information like this informs us in the 21st Century.

  108. User avater LadyofShalott January 15th

    Until the movie "W.E" came out, I had not heard of Elsa Schiaparelli. Now I am so intrigued -- and want to learn more about her, and her designs from that era. This book sounds like a good place to start.

  109. User avater jamama January 15th

    Looks like a great book to own.

  110. DorieB January 15th

    think about these 2 fantastic creative people.Ahead of their times..and what times.. cutting edge..genius.. both in one book... thrilling ..just to see the designs and the creativity would be wonderful

  111. DorieB January 15th

    think about these 2 fantastic creative people.Ahead of their times..and what times.. cutting edge..genius.. both in one book... thrilling ..just to see the designs and the creativity would be wonderful

  112. User avater CRAZYJANE January 15th

    what a great idea,two great designers in one book

  113. sewfanatic January 15th

    As a fashion connoisseur of fine art and design. I would love to add this book to my collection. My grandmother was a fashionista in her day and followed the designes of Schiparelli. Anyone would surely enjoy having this wonderful book.

  114. Carly_Sue January 15th

    I wish that we dressed like ladies used to. I would just LOVE to have this book. Thanks, Threads, for offering books and things to your readers.


  115. Carly_Sue January 15th

    I wish that we dressed like ladies used to. I would just LOVE to have this book. Thanks, Threads, for offering books and things to your readers.


  116. User avater SEGnesa January 15th

    Although I am too old to wear it, I am in LOVE with haute couture and would be very happy to add this book to my collection.

  117. KPro January 15th

    I saw the exhibit at the Met. Loved it. Would be fantastic to have this as a rememberance and to learn more about the two Italian designers. Thanks!

  118. HappyGenny January 15th

    What a great idea for a book!

    Naturally this book would make gorgeous viewing, but for me the real interest is in comparing their design statements (they call it manifestos, I see) in context of the times in which they lived.

    Schiaparelli worked through some very turbulent times: Post WWI, the depression and then the dark, serious times of WW2. It was not a feminist time in history, even if it was a time of dramatic (even radical) changes in both artistic values and women's roles in society.

    Prada, on the other hand, worked in a post-feminist world, a world where women felt entitled (and rightly so) to levels of empowerment never before seen in Western History. In terms of design and body consciousness, we'd eradicated many taboos, and the opportunities for radicalism seemed limitless. Additionally, changes in technology meant that whole new materials were available and style influences could travel around the world in a New York minute.

    So given their markedly different environments and constraints, what similar design values resonated with both these talented and socially conscious designers? What did they see as important?

    I have always loved looking at fashion design in context of the social climate that it developed in. For example, how does a particular style reflect the ease and affluence (or lack thereof) of society at any given moment? How do social climates translate into designer's choices of shape, line, colour and material? This book, given it's premise, could be fascinating, and (I have to confess) it would also be just plain eye-popping for a girl who loves fashion! (grins)

    Thanks for this opportunity, btw. You guys rock!

  119. Carol_Z January 15th

    What a wonderful book to have. These designers certainly both had such a HUGE impact on women's fashions. I particularly enjoy seeing the inside of wonderful couture garments. A real treat.

  120. user-1141318 January 15th

    This seems to be a great inspiration book. Being a most humble novice pattern designer I would love to read about these greats.

  121. denimdoll January 15th

    I would like to learn about their inspirations when designing and how they kept the passion alive. Learning more about their backgrounds and life experiences would also be intriguing, when compared to other designers, the history of the era, and successes of women.

  122. sewcool January 15th

    I did not get to see the exhibit in New York, so the book would be nice to have to see the couture garments by these wonderful designers.

  123. Barb_in_Maryland January 15th

    Inspiration from these designers can only motivate us to be more creative with our style and with our approach to garment construction.

  124. JaneInKC January 15th

    Two of the greats - how could the book be anything but fascinating!

  125. Patriciasew January 15th

    This book looks very interesting, two designers I would not have thought had much in common, I am curious to read more now!

  126. user-1111469 January 15th

    Learning from the greats what fun!

  127. Wrybunz January 15th

    Both designers are / were mavericks - I'd love to see how they're compared to each other by the author, similarities, etc.

  128. Runa January 15th

    I would love to learn about Schiaparelli's inspirations for her garments. I find the shoe hat especially striking and amusing.

  129. User avater Nan_Jan January 15th

    This sounds like a great book. I love seeing the insides of a couture garment. Would love to win this!

  130. CreativeCrafter100 January 15th

    I would be honored to have this book about these distinguished designers in my library. I hope I win so I can share this with my creative craft club members.

  131. User avater gwensews January 15th

    Reading and seeing photos of these designers would be some wonderful eye candy!

  132. stsimon January 15th

    Love these book giveaways! The thing that most fascinates me about these designers' work (and others) is the inside story--inside their garments, that is. Threads magazine has had occasional articles on this topic of deconstructing to discover their methods, most interesting.

  133. zapper45701 January 15th

    Schiaparelli has been a favorite for a long time. I find most of the creations spectacular. Even those I don't personally care for (the shoe hats) have their place in the world of art. Prada just keeps us moving into this century. I would love this book.

  134. chachito January 15th

    It looks like a very interesting book to read, I hope I win it!!

  135. gingerlaw January 15th

    I would love to win this book! I would also like to know how to combine different textiles and color to make a unique upscale fashionable beautiful garment or accessory.

  136. user-1078418 January 15th

    I saw this exhibit last year and it was inspiring. Usually I am not a Prada follower, but the skirts were exquisite and inspirational.

  137. lemmonsc January 15th

    I would love to know how Prada has taken inspiration from Schiaparelli and re-interpreted it for today's fashion world. As always, I love to see "new" classics inspired from old.

  138. pattijo January 15th

    I would love to receive a copy of these books. I am currently reading GUCCI - interesting story.

    Thanks,
    Pat E

  139. MsMonica January 15th

    DOUBLE WOW!! Two Italian designers in one book. Love to have my very own personal copy.

  140. user-540777 January 15th

    This book sounds very interesting. I couldn't go to the exhibit. I love both designers from two very different area.

  141. gingerlaw January 15th

    I would love to have this book!! I would like to know more about combining different textiles and color to make something that is fashionable and not clownish looking. I love color and fashion that is unique not the run of the mill.

  142. User avater bakereliz January 15th

    Love, love, love Schiaparelli! What genius! And so playful! It would be so interesting to study the similarities between her work and modern designers like Prada.

  143. user-2256400 January 15th

    I love reading about the history of fashion and the notable designers of the era.

  144. RondaW January 15th

    Absolutely breathtaking in design, construction and timeless beauty...This is the standard in design.

  145. dbtomczak January 15th

    The architectural elements in Schiaparelli designs have always been inspiring to me, and I would love to see some of them examined in detail.

  146. fozie January 15th

    Schiaperelli was such a genius and so ahead of her time...I'd just love to know more about her background and SEE the gorgeous clothes. Thanks for the chance to win!

  147. user-2069715 January 15th

    I would love to see up close the sewn details used for collars, cuffs, pockets and how they used the wonderful fabrics like wools, silk, linen,etc. Once I'm done looking at the book I plan to pass it on to my little sister and then my son and then who knows. How exciting to have a book like this to pass on beautiful clothing design and construction.

  148. Connied January 15th

    I know I would love this book! What great designers, and to have at my fingertips the opportunity to study their work, wow!

  149. sewing_teacher January 15th

    Listening to designers share their inspiration for design would be wonderful but I would alos love to read about them in this book.

  150. User avater HStorm January 15th

    I would love to learn all about their similarities and differences, but most of all, I would love this book for the inspiration found in the photographs! Thanks!

  151. squirrel_ee January 15th

    I especially like European design and the Italians are no exception. Designers back in the day had visions and solid workmanship and not the ultimate drama of the fashion world today.
    Thank you

  152. smockinglps January 15th

    I would love to learn what their early influences were, and if they were influenced by what was going on in the art world? Looks like a great book!!!

  153. Threads and Needles January 15th

    Yes, please, I would love to have this!

  154. user-896250 January 15th

    Anyone who loves a good fit with a splash of fun, will enjoy the book. Aspiring costume designers could learn a lot from observation.

  155. Joanchek January 15th

    It's all about that Italian color sense to me--and Schiaparelli loved it. As a handbag designer, any insight into the mind of Prada is a plus. This book is inspiration and motivation!

  156. user-982422 January 15th

    Wonderful reading and eye candy! This would be a perfect "give me inspiration, please" book that would be near my "planning" chair in my sewing room. Good grief, just looking at the cover makes me wish to stand up straight. And sew a beautiful jacket!

  157. User avater Corsetiere January 15th

    I'd love to read more about Schiaparelli's collaborations with Salvador Dali.

  158. Kminturn January 15th

    I didn't get to see the exhibit; I would love to have the book.

  159. littlefriz January 15th

    yes! please enter me in the drawing. i would love to have the inspiration of these two fine designer beside me in my sewing room!

  160. User avater user-2381683 January 15th

    Sign me up! Would love to learn more about these amazing designers!

  161. user-2362044 January 15th

    I would love to learn and see how Schiaparelli's work influenced Prada's, and how these two great designers look alike and don't look alike at all.

  162. ebbyjake January 14th

    I would love to channel both Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli and so learn all they have to offer. Having this book open while I design and sew clothing would help enormously.

  163. jpusel January 14th

    I would love to learn more about Schiaparelli's history especially what influenced her designs.

  164. cecine January 14th

    I would love to win the book because it will give me the opportunity to learn more about the designers. Thanks

  165. user-2344793 January 13th

    I would love to learn about their early influences, how they honed their craft, and how they were able to build their brands as business women.

  166. User avater sewin_n_beadin January 13th

    I would love to add this book to my library. Thanks for the chance to win...fingers crossed!

  167. User avater 2tango January 13th

    Oh to understand the mystery

  168. afg117827 January 13th

    It would be a great opportunity to win this book. I am 19 and just starting out in the fashion design world and my main interest is in vintage designs and this book would help so much. I would love to learn more about the history of Schiaparelli and Prada's designs. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book, it would be a great start to my book collection.

  169. User avater MamaEuny January 12th

    Schiaparelli's work was innovative for it's time, and yet we now consider it classic. I would have loved to be a minion in the workrooms back then. I think I would have learned a lot. I learn a lot just studying the designs.
    Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  170. User avater Ocrafty1 January 12th

    Both of these designers shook the fashion world with their innovation. I'd love to win this book! Keeping my fingers crossed.

  171. User avater TessaBear January 12th

    It would be wonderful to understand how these designers create! Thank you for the opportunity to win this great book.

  172. User avater EvaSuzanne January 12th

    I have seen this book ...it looks beautiful & inspiring. I would love to look extensively at thei garments & learn more about their design processes. Thank you for this opportunity.

  173. snowm January 12th

    I don't know much at all about either designer, so this would be a good to learn about them. Thanks!!

  174. LizandLizzie January 12th

    Wow, I would love to win this book!

  175. Woven_dreams January 12th

    When did Ms. Prada begin her career as a designer
    and who were her inspirations?

  176. User avater janith January 12th

    Thank you for telling us about this (and other) wonderful publications. This would be a fabulous book to add to my collection of fashion and sewing books. I would love to win the book and learn about Prada and Schiaparelli

  177. angelwingz January 12th

    I would love to simply drool over the photo's. Thank you so much for the opportunity :)

  178. User avater LebecEgirl January 12th

    Thank you for always introducing your readers to new topics, books, and techniques. Hope I win!

  179. User avater CarolSewsAZ January 12th

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a book that studies these 2 famous designers.

  180. User avater TracyF January 12th

    This would be a wonderful book to own! As bad as I know this sounds, I hope I win. :-)

  181. User avater WillaMcNeill January 12th

    I am ready to eavesdrop!

    Looks like a fun exploration of style.

  182. LuvThreadsMagazine January 12th

    It looks like a fascinating read.

  183. user-1110557 January 12th

    I'd love to know more about the collaborations between Schaiparelli and Dali a d if Prada also collaborates with artists.

  184. TSUProf January 11th

    I love, love, love seeing the use of different fabrics!

  185. bethw82 January 11th

    I'd like to learn more about what influenced their amazing designs.

  186. jennieMB January 11th

    I would love to learn more about them as people and what their lives were like.

  187. jacquelinehwang January 11th

    i would love to learn more about these 2 italian designers.
    i have never know much about Schiaparelli but I do love the work of Prada.
    i'm an avid fan of fashion and high fashion models and if i win this, this is definitely my first fashion book (well beside my college textbooks of course)

    :)

  188. misssarcastica January 11th

    I love Schiaparelli's designs, but don't know very much about her, so I'd like to know more in general.

  189. user-1050845 January 11th

    I have always been fasinated by Schiparelli's interest in art, which I would like to read more about. It is always interesting to read about women to design clothes and see how they interprent their thought and ideas into how they dress themselves.

  190. Lanoll January 11th

    What a conversation it would be! Schiaparelli changed the couture landscape in her day. There wasn't any of the rock star fanfare you have today. You had to be a rock solid genius to gain respect back then! Looking forward to this book!

  191. panifrau January 11th

    Prada and Schiaparelli are both playful, colorful, innovative and sometimes even childish. I was always curious where this came from. I hope to find the answer in the book.

  192. Taenocat January 11th

    Oooh, I love Schiaparelli's work, in particular her collaborations with other artists. I don't know a great deal about Prada at all really. So I'd love to know more about her and also what the two of them might have had in common.

  193. hazelspi January 10th

    I would love to learn more about these Italian designers. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

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