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Book Giveaway: "Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations"

Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations

Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations

Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

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!

Comments (195)

user-2428990 user-2428990 writes: If I could look into their minds....
Posted: 12:55 am on March 11th

CurlyLeslie CurlyLeslie writes: I would love to learn about how they got their start in designing!
Posted: 11:40 pm on January 25th

monkemama monkemama writes: What an interesting book. I'd love to have it.
Posted: 6:41 pm on January 24th

SewWhatLilly SewWhatLilly writes: 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.
Posted: 1:08 pm on January 23rd

SewWhatLilly SewWhatLilly writes: 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.
Posted: 1:08 pm on January 23rd

Lundabo Lundabo writes: 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.
Posted: 6:23 am on January 23rd

beachdoll beachdoll writes: 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
Posted: 1:24 am on January 23rd

gclavergne gclavergne writes: 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!
Posted: 11:40 pm on January 22nd

Laura_Mae Laura_Mae writes: 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!
Posted: 11:24 pm on January 22nd

bajjmayer bajjmayer writes: I would love to learn more about their inspirations.
Posted: 11:12 pm on January 22nd

user-574200 user-574200 writes: Strong women inspire, so I would love to have book on Schiaparelli...and Prada.
Posted: 7:46 pm on January 22nd

MisterStitches MisterStitches writes: 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.
Posted: 4:08 pm on January 22nd

SewMyDreams SewMyDreams writes: 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!
Posted: 3:19 pm on January 22nd

SilksWithAttitude SilksWithAttitude writes: 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!
Posted: 1:25 am on January 22nd

togorose togorose writes: 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.
Posted: 5:09 am on January 21st

togorose togorose writes: 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.
Posted: 5:07 am on January 21st

nat64 nat64 writes: Schiaparelli had the most amazing whimsical designs. would love to learn more about both designers.
Posted: 1:05 am on January 21st

Sewmeister Sewmeister writes: I love her wild designs. best is the coat with the woman's face and hair
Posted: 5:57 pm on January 20th

vintagesewist vintagesewist writes: I would enjoy learning more about the design processes of both these designers.
Posted: 3:53 pm on January 20th

sewerdownunder sewerdownunder writes: 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.
Posted: 10:53 am on January 20th

SewMyDreams SewMyDreams writes: 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.
Posted: 3:22 pm on January 19th

dragonlover66 dragonlover66 writes: wow, omg, wow
Posted: 10:20 am on January 19th

JennyEbner JennyEbner writes: 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.
Posted: 12:48 pm on January 18th

JennyEbner JennyEbner writes: 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.
Posted: 12:48 pm on January 18th

soexperimental soexperimental writes: 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
Posted: 12:36 am on January 18th

Sew_With_Me Sew_With_Me writes: 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....)!
Posted: 11:15 pm on January 17th

megamom megamom writes: This sounds like a very interesting book, that I would love to read!
Posted: 9:05 pm on January 17th

TNGAL TNGAL writes: 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.
Posted: 3:09 pm on January 17th

dolinbliss dolinbliss writes: Oh, how I wished I could of gone to this exhibit! But, getting the book would be a lovely alternative. Thanks.
Posted: 1:17 pm on January 17th

Janelsommer Janelsommer writes: 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!
Posted: 12:24 pm on January 17th

SewHollister SewHollister writes: 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.
Posted: 12:16 pm on January 17th

KaptKim KaptKim writes: 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!!
Posted: 11:54 am on January 17th

jamaco jamaco writes: i would love to learn more about these designers!
Posted: 11:07 am on January 17th

Anielia Anielia writes: Fascinating way to reveal insights into the design process of these two icons. Would love the chance to read it!
Posted: 8:27 am on January 17th

CarriefromTN CarriefromTN writes: I take inspiration for my garments from so many places - movies, books, even nature. I would be honored to have this book.
Posted: 8:16 am on January 17th

agapantha agapantha writes: Living in the wilds of Wyoming, books are the closest I get to haute couture.
Posted: 3:45 am on January 17th

CarrGrand CarrGrand writes: I would love to have this book! Beautiful clothing design and construction, including all the wonderful details are a passion of mine!
Posted: 9:03 pm on January 16th

BotanicalJan BotanicalJan writes: 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.
Posted: 8:53 pm on January 16th

J2B J2B writes: 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.
Posted: 8:47 pm on January 16th

MissPat MissPat writes: Would love to win this book. It would be a great addition to my collection of costume books.
Posted: 8:30 pm on January 16th

rxxanne rxxanne writes: I am interested in the placement and various seams used.
Posted: 8:23 pm on January 16th

SUZYSBLUES2 SUZYSBLUES2 writes: 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!
Posted: 6:52 pm on January 16th

CarolynSoto1 CarolynSoto1 writes: Choose me please. I love shocking pink color, and my cat is named Prada.
Posted: 6:51 pm on January 16th

organdy organdy writes: we all want to win! thanks for the opportunity.
Posted: 2:59 pm on January 16th

slmendes slmendes writes: 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!
Posted: 2:11 pm on January 16th

416 416 writes: 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.
Posted: 12:44 pm on January 16th

user-1119600 user-1119600 writes: I wold love to have this book in my personal library.
Posted: 12:21 pm on January 16th

marieteresa marieteresa writes: 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
Posted: 11:37 am on January 16th

marieteresa marieteresa writes: 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
Posted: 11:37 am on January 16th

marieteresa marieteresa writes: 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
Posted: 11:37 am on January 16th

marieteresa marieteresa writes: 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
Posted: 11:36 am on January 16th

SewReel SewReel writes: 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:))

Posted: 11:18 am on January 16th

PlainJaney PlainJaney writes: I wish I could have seen this exhibition!! I would ask these two designers what was their inspiration for the innovative things they did.
Posted: 11:03 am on January 16th

sewprettylulu sewprettylulu writes: 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
Posted: 11:00 am on January 16th

user-898234 user-898234 writes: Anyone who loves fashion would want to read this book!
Posted: 10:43 am on January 16th

user-2163426 user-2163426 writes: I saw the exhibit and it was amazing! I would love to know more about their personal lives and the inspiration for their work.
Posted: 9:59 am on January 16th

trudiram trudiram writes: Schiaparelli is unique and Prada is interesting. It would be nice to find out more about both of them.
Posted: 9:45 am on January 16th

hanksews hanksews writes: 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.
Posted: 9:37 am on January 16th

CarolynK919 CarolynK919 writes: I've always been interested in Schiaparelli, but know little about Prada. This book looks like a good introduction!
Posted: 9:33 am on January 16th

user-1109509 user-1109509 writes: This book looks interesting!
Posted: 6:48 am on January 16th

user-2352327 user-2352327 writes: I would love to win this book.
Posted: 5:30 am on January 16th

maggsc maggsc writes: It's a good feeling to learn something new every day and then pass on the information.
Posted: 5:07 am on January 16th

user-789948 user-789948 writes: 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
Posted: 5:00 am on January 16th

soie soie writes: 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.
Posted: 4:19 am on January 16th

RStaff49 RStaff49 writes: 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!
Posted: 3:49 am on January 16th

kerstin54 kerstin54 writes: 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 :-)
Posted: 2:17 am on January 16th

user-2181850 user-2181850 writes: 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.
Posted: 2:02 am on January 16th

Dizzylizz Dizzylizz writes: 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.

Posted: 1:25 am on January 16th

tamarad tamarad writes: Sounds like a wonderful insightful read. Count me in!
Posted: 1:24 am on January 16th

lorrainem lorrainem writes: I would love to win this to complete the designer/fashion books collection for my sister
Posted: 1:13 am on January 16th

Andysmom Andysmom writes: Pick me!
Posted: 12:45 am on January 16th

azbarbara azbarbara writes: What an interesting idea for a book - love it!
Posted: 12:20 am on January 16th

user-1109979 user-1109979 writes: Oh to escape the drudgery of the everyday and peak into the life of those so talented! Sigh...

Posted: 12:19 am on January 16th

user-1083681 user-1083681 writes: 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.
Posted: 12:02 am on January 16th

shstein shstein writes: This books looks very interesting
Posted: 11:49 pm on January 15th

ripitoutrita ripitoutrita writes: 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.
Posted: 11:09 pm on January 15th

user-803717 user-803717 writes: I would love to add this fine book to my sewing library. Thank you for the opportunity to win a designer classic.

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Posted: 10:55 pm on January 15th

user-803717 user-803717 writes: 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
Posted: 10:55 pm on January 15th

denisekerner denisekerner writes: Oh, please, please please let me have this book!!! It will be well-loved!
Posted: 10:31 pm on January 15th

arefaces arefaces writes: 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.
Posted: 10:14 pm on January 15th

skiss skiss writes: This book makes up for not being able to see the exhibit.
It is a great opportunity to learn from two greats.
Posted: 9:54 pm on January 15th

user-1121234 user-1121234 writes: 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
Posted: 9:50 pm on January 15th

Danitajc Danitajc writes: 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

Posted: 9:48 pm on January 15th

sophronia sophronia writes: I love the daring of Schiaparelli! It would be great to learn more about her and Prada.
Posted: 9:41 pm on January 15th

user-1109823 user-1109823 writes: Can't see it in person. Would love to study how the designers worked, get inspiration.
Posted: 9:35 pm on January 15th

Miira Miira writes: 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.
Posted: 9:21 pm on January 15th

tulleyhi tulleyhi writes: 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!
Posted: 9:17 pm on January 15th

gandmfausel gandmfausel writes: I so wanted to get to this exhibit, the book would be the next best thing.
Posted: 8:57 pm on January 15th

SchoolOfMoxie SchoolOfMoxie writes: 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
Posted: 8:55 pm on January 15th

GuildedVeil GuildedVeil writes: I would love to add this book to my library for not only historical reference but also artistic inspiration in my own work.
Posted: 8:42 pm on January 15th

user-1114300 user-1114300 writes: 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.
Posted: 8:23 pm on January 15th

TJSEWS TJSEWS writes: I would love to win this book. I am particularly intrigued by Schiaparelli's sense of humor evident in her designs.
Posted: 7:59 pm on January 15th

user-1064945 user-1064945 writes: 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.
Posted: 7:53 pm on January 15th

anttibear anttibear writes: The wealth of genius available in one book would be so terrific to have. Just think of all a person could gleen.
Posted: 7:53 pm on January 15th

JeanneA JeanneA writes: This looks like a wonderful book that would be great for my collection of sewing and sewing related books.
Posted: 7:36 pm on January 15th

ElleCsews ElleCsews writes: 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.
Posted: 7:06 pm on January 15th

user-2058214 user-2058214 writes: I would love to understand Shiaparelli's and Prada's approach to style, what they were thinking - it was so elegant and different.
Posted: 6:58 pm on January 15th

memarston memarston writes: Oh, to win or not. Thank you for offering such divine prizes!
Posted: 6:47 pm on January 15th

user-1151004 user-1151004 writes: 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!
Posted: 6:24 pm on January 15th

user-2335956 user-2335956 writes: We are so fortunate to be able to study the designs of these fashion designers.
Posted: 6:18 pm on January 15th

Nalers Nalers writes: I would love to have this book!
Posted: 6:06 pm on January 15th

Lillace Lillace writes: Would love to compare the silhouettes of the two designers and merge them for a new look.
Posted: 5:59 pm on January 15th

user-1135603 user-1135603 writes: long time fan
Posted: 5:57 pm on January 15th

user-1115563 user-1115563 writes: 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.

Posted: 5:57 pm on January 15th

camillepdx camillepdx writes: I would love to hear more about the thinking behind these to artists.
Posted: 5:53 pm on January 15th

WendyAnn WendyAnn writes: This book sounds interesting. I would like it to learn new ways to do finishing work and to get ideas for designing dresses.
Posted: 5:48 pm on January 15th

pickle_soup pickle_soup writes: 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!
Posted: 5:43 pm on January 15th

Dsapsmith Dsapsmith writes: Information like this informs us in the 21st Century.
Posted: 5:37 pm on January 15th

LadyofShalott LadyofShalott writes: 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.
Posted: 5:36 pm on January 15th

jamama jamama writes: Looks like a great book to own.
Posted: 5:20 pm on January 15th

DorieB DorieB writes: 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
Posted: 5:09 pm on January 15th

DorieB DorieB writes: 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
Posted: 5:09 pm on January 15th

CRAZYJANE CRAZYJANE writes: what a great idea,two great designers in one book
Posted: 5:08 pm on January 15th

sewfanatic sewfanatic writes: 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.
Posted: 4:58 pm on January 15th

Carly_Sue Carly_Sue writes: 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.



Posted: 4:56 pm on January 15th

Carly_Sue Carly_Sue writes: 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.



Posted: 4:56 pm on January 15th

SEGnesa SEGnesa writes: 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.
Posted: 4:45 pm on January 15th

KPro KPro writes: 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!
Posted: 4:36 pm on January 15th

HappyGenny HappyGenny writes: 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!
Posted: 4:19 pm on January 15th

Carol_Z Carol_Z writes: 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.
Posted: 4:16 pm on January 15th

Jill_Lessing Jill_Lessing writes: This seems to be a great inspiration book. Being a most humble novice pattern designer I would love to read about these greats.
Posted: 4:13 pm on January 15th

denimdoll denimdoll writes: 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.
Posted: 4:13 pm on January 15th

sewcool sewcool writes: 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.
Posted: 4:08 pm on January 15th

Barb_in_Maryland Barb_in_Maryland writes: Inspiration from these designers can only motivate us to be more creative with our style and with our approach to garment construction.
Posted: 4:07 pm on January 15th

JaneInKC JaneInKC writes: Two of the greats - how could the book be anything but fascinating!
Posted: 4:06 pm on January 15th

Patriciasew Patriciasew writes: This book looks very interesting, two designers I would not have thought had much in common, I am curious to read more now!
Posted: 3:56 pm on January 15th

user-1111469 user-1111469 writes: Learning from the greats what fun!
Posted: 3:43 pm on January 15th

Wrybunz Wrybunz writes: Both designers are / were mavericks - I'd love to see how they're compared to each other by the author, similarities, etc.
Posted: 3:41 pm on January 15th

Runa Runa writes: I would love to learn about Schiaparelli's inspirations for her garments. I find the shoe hat especially striking and amusing.
Posted: 3:39 pm on January 15th

Nan_Jan Nan_Jan writes: This sounds like a great book. I love seeing the insides of a couture garment. Would love to win this!
Posted: 3:37 pm on January 15th

CreativeCrafter100 CreativeCrafter100 writes: 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.
Posted: 3:37 pm on January 15th

gwensews gwensews writes: Reading and seeing photos of these designers would be some wonderful eye candy!
Posted: 3:36 pm on January 15th

stsimon stsimon writes: 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.
Posted: 3:31 pm on January 15th

zapper45701 zapper45701 writes: 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.
Posted: 3:31 pm on January 15th

chachito chachito writes: It looks like a very interesting book to read, I hope I win it!!
Posted: 3:29 pm on January 15th

gingerlaw gingerlaw writes: 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.
Posted: 3:27 pm on January 15th

user-1078418 user-1078418 writes: I saw this exhibit last year and it was inspiring. Usually I am not a Prada follower, but the skirts were exquisite and inspirational.
Posted: 3:23 pm on January 15th

lemmonsc lemmonsc writes: 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.
Posted: 3:19 pm on January 15th

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

Thanks,
Pat E
Posted: 3:15 pm on January 15th

MsMonica MsMonica writes: DOUBLE WOW!! Two Italian designers in one book. Love to have my very own personal copy.
Posted: 3:12 pm on January 15th

user-540777 user-540777 writes: This book sounds very interesting. I couldn't go to the exhibit. I love both designers from two very different area.
Posted: 3:11 pm on January 15th

gingerlaw gingerlaw writes: 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.
Posted: 3:09 pm on January 15th

bakereliz bakereliz writes: 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.
Posted: 3:08 pm on January 15th

user-2256400 user-2256400 writes: I love reading about the history of fashion and the notable designers of the era.
Posted: 3:07 pm on January 15th

RondaW RondaW writes: Absolutely breathtaking in design, construction and timeless beauty...This is the standard in design.
Posted: 3:06 pm on January 15th

dbtomczak dbtomczak writes: The architectural elements in Schiaparelli designs have always been inspiring to me, and I would love to see some of them examined in detail.
Posted: 3:06 pm on January 15th

fozie fozie writes: 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!
Posted: 3:04 pm on January 15th

user-2069715 user-2069715 writes: 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.
Posted: 3:04 pm on January 15th

user-2069715 user-2069715 writes: 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.
Posted: 3:04 pm on January 15th

Connied Connied writes: I know I would love this book! What great designers, and to have at my fingertips the opportunity to study their work, wow!
Posted: 2:58 pm on January 15th

sewing_teacher sewing_teacher writes: Listening to designers share their inspiration for design would be wonderful but I would alos love to read about them in this book.
Posted: 2:57 pm on January 15th

HStorm HStorm writes: 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!
Posted: 2:57 pm on January 15th

squirrel_ee squirrel_ee writes: 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
Posted: 2:57 pm on January 15th

smockinglps smockinglps writes: 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!!!
Posted: 2:55 pm on January 15th

Threads and Needles Threads and Needles writes: Yes, please, I would love to have this!
Posted: 2:53 pm on January 15th

user-896250 user-896250 writes: Anyone who loves a good fit with a splash of fun, will enjoy the book. Aspiring costume designers could learn a lot from observation.
Posted: 2:53 pm on January 15th

Joanchek Joanchek writes: 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!
Posted: 2:52 pm on January 15th

bournegirl bournegirl writes: 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!
Posted: 2:50 pm on January 15th

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


Posted: 2:50 pm on January 15th

Kminturn Kminturn writes: I didn't get to see the exhibit; I would love to have the book.
Posted: 2:50 pm on January 15th

littlefriz littlefriz writes: 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!
Posted: 2:39 pm on January 15th

user-2381683 user-2381683 writes: Sign me up! Would love to learn more about these amazing designers!
Posted: 1:33 pm on January 15th

ReneeJ ReneeJ writes: 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.
Posted: 9:53 am on January 15th

ebbyjake ebbyjake writes: 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.
Posted: 2:43 pm on January 14th

jpusel jpusel writes: I would love to learn more about Schiaparelli's history especially what influenced her designs.
Posted: 1:51 pm on January 14th

cecine cecine writes: I would love to win the book because it will give me the opportunity to learn more about the designers. Thanks
Posted: 8:15 am on January 14th

user-2344793 user-2344793 writes: 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.
Posted: 10:19 pm on January 13th

sewin_n_beadin sewin_n_beadin writes: I would love to add this book to my library. Thanks for the chance to win...fingers crossed!
Posted: 5:48 pm on January 13th

2tango 2tango writes: Oh to understand the mystery
Posted: 12:53 pm on January 13th

afg117827 afg117827 writes: 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.
Posted: 11:54 am on January 13th

MamaEuny MamaEuny writes: 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.

Posted: 10:51 pm on January 12th

Ocrafty1 Ocrafty1 writes: Both of these designers shook the fashion world with their innovation. I'd love to win this book! Keeping my fingers crossed.
Posted: 10:44 pm on January 12th

TessaBear TessaBear writes: It would be wonderful to understand how these designers create! Thank you for the opportunity to win this great book.
Posted: 9:29 pm on January 12th

EvaSuzanne EvaSuzanne writes: 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.
Posted: 7:58 pm on January 12th

snowm snowm writes: I don't know much at all about either designer, so this would be a good to learn about them. Thanks!!
Posted: 5:38 pm on January 12th

LizandLizzie LizandLizzie writes: Wow, I would love to win this book!
Posted: 4:43 pm on January 12th

Woven_dreams Woven_dreams writes: When did Ms. Prada begin her career as a designer
and who were her inspirations?
Posted: 4:29 pm on January 12th

janith janith writes: 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
Posted: 1:40 pm on January 12th

angelwingz angelwingz writes: I would love to simply drool over the photo's. Thank you so much for the opportunity :)
Posted: 1:01 pm on January 12th

LebecEgirl LebecEgirl writes: Thank you for always introducing your readers to new topics, books, and techniques. Hope I win!
Posted: 12:50 pm on January 12th

CarolSewsAZ CarolSewsAZ writes: Thank you for the opportunity to win a book that studies these 2 famous designers.
Posted: 12:27 pm on January 12th

TracyF TracyF writes: This would be a wonderful book to own! As bad as I know this sounds, I hope I win. :-)
Posted: 12:19 pm on January 12th

WillaMcNeill WillaMcNeill writes: I am ready to eavesdrop!

Looks like a fun exploration of style.
Posted: 12:04 pm on January 12th

LuvThreadsMagazine LuvThreadsMagazine writes: It looks like a fascinating read.
Posted: 11:30 am on January 12th

user-1110557 user-1110557 writes: I'd love to know more about the collaborations between Schaiparelli and Dali a d if Prada also collaborates with artists.
Posted: 2:48 am on January 12th

TSUProf TSUProf writes: I love, love, love seeing the use of different fabrics!
Posted: 5:32 pm on January 11th

bethw82 bethw82 writes: I'd like to learn more about what influenced their amazing designs.
Posted: 2:18 pm on January 11th

jennieMB jennieMB writes: I would love to learn more about them as people and what their lives were like.
Posted: 11:55 am on January 11th

jacquelinehwang jacquelinehwang writes: 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)

:)
Posted: 11:07 am on January 11th

misssarcastica misssarcastica writes: I love Schiaparelli's designs, but don't know very much about her, so I'd like to know more in general.
Posted: 10:46 am on January 11th

user-1050845 user-1050845 writes: 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.
Posted: 9:42 am on January 11th

Ln2 Ln2 writes: 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!
Posted: 8:16 am on January 11th

panifrau panifrau writes: 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.
Posted: 5:08 am on January 11th

Taenocat Taenocat writes: 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.
Posted: 2:41 am on January 11th

hazelspi hazelspi writes: I would love to learn more about these Italian designers. Thanks for the chance to win the book.
Posted: 10:29 pm on January 10th

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