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An impossible conversation

Words by Louis

You are the first woman on the first day of creation. You are mother, sister, lover, friend, angel, devil, earth, home.” (Marcello Mastroiani, La Dolce Vita)”

In just one timeless line, Signor Mastroiani best verbalized the celebration of the divine feminine that continues to form the foundation of Italian culture, style and fashion. Such reverence for the Italian woman (amidst irreverence towards her surrounding social confines), serves as the underlying and yet unspoken theme for an imaginary encounter that will take place this May in New York between Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli.

On February 24, 2012, Louis Agency had the honour of attending the historic Palazzo Reale in Milan to herald the upcoming “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” Exhibition to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from May 10 through August 19. Inspired by the 1930’s series from Vanity Fair called “Impossible conversations”, the exhibition will create a video discourse between the two designers, blending the recorded words or “Schiap” with questions posed to Ms. Prada by the show’s creative consultant, director Baz Luhrmann. The exhibition will also showcase signature objects from both designers, highlighting different elements of each designers’ unique (though sometimes similar) evocation of beauty, glamour and womanhood, in a series of seven themed galleries: “Waist Up/Waist Down”, “Ugly Chic”, “Hard Chic”, “Naïf Chic”, “The Classical Body”, “The Exotic Body” and “The Surreal Body”.

The Impossible Conversations exhibition ultimately affords us a journey into the realms of the unreal, with the improbable intersection of Schiaparelli and Prada illustrating how diverging paths may often share common, anthemic junctures and, as the show’s curator Harold Koda states, “how the past enlivens the present and how the present enlivens the past”.

It would be remiss of us not to mention that Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, was also in attendance; her inimitable elegance, style and grace (not to mention her stunning patterned coat and desirous shoes) causing the team here at Louis to channel the very being of Mr Mastroiani and exclaim: “Anna, you are the first woman on the first day of creation”!

Up to no Goude

Words by Louis

Higgins: “Would the world ever have been made if its maker had been afraid of making trouble? Making life means making trouble.” (Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw)

On Louis’ last trip to Paris we were blessed to experience one of the quintessential elements of French culture…the peoples’ exercise of their constitutional right to strike. With the nationwide stoppage of French security agents bringing airports to a crawl, we decided to extend our stay and take in the Jean-Paul Goude Retrospective at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, “Goudemalion”.

With subversion in the air (and not a single security guard to prevent us taking photos), we afforded ourselves unfettered access to Goude’s retrospective that plays out with all the drama of Greek mythos. Goude’s transformation tale indeed draws many parallels to those in Ovid’s “Metamorphoses”, with Goude a modern day Pygmalion; falling in love with the art carved from his own hands…in his case, Grace Jones.

Illustrator, graphic designer, photographer, director, lover, trouble-maker…this is the Goude that Goudemalion so pointedly unfurls. Goude’s retrospective of controversial and at times confrontational works teach us that only through challenging convention do we evolve perception. If Mr Shaw is correct and making life means making trouble, then Jean-Paul Goude made a whole lot of life!

“Now stands my task accomplished, such a work as not the wrath of Jove nor fire nor sword nor the devouring ages can destroy”. (Book 15 Ovid, Metamorphoses)