This season’s Costume Institute exhibition at The Metropolitan has been generating buzz since long before its May 10th opening. Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations explores the similarities of two industry-shaping designers whose legacies mark two different eras of fashion history. Through simulated conversations accompanied by variously themed galleries, they discuss life, inspiration, and fashion. The intriguing and awe-inspiring concept, brainchild of curators Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton, was inspired by vintage Vanity Fair features (circa 1930’s) in which cover artist Miguel Covarrubias would illustrate “impossible” encounters between historical figures. In fact, Schiaparelli was featured in one of them—paired with Stalin for a heated, and victorious, debate on fashion.
In the midst of a sparkling spring season and looking (desperately!) forward to summertime, it’s time to get you reading list ready. Whether you’ll be lounging by the pool, burying your toes in the sand, or enjoying a shady breeze at the park—your day won’t be complete without an intriguing read. From books that will put you on course for style superstardom to the shoe lover’s bible, and even the best coffee table toppers, here are our top picks for fashion biographies. The best and most inspiring stories are true ones, so pick one (or all!) of the fabulous finds and spend your next lazy afternoon really getting to know your style icon.