Miuccia Prada Shares Her Thoughts on Aprons

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Miuccia Prada.

When we think aprons, we think baking, not suffering—but then again, most people don’t see the world the way Miuccia Prada sees it.

The New York Times has a sneak peek at the “impossible conversations” between Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s upcoming Costume Institute exhibition. Snippets of dialogue from the two designers will be compiled into "conversations", which will appear in the exhibit’s catalog and on video installations.

“I’m interested in the lives of women in general, which is why I love aprons,” says Prada in one excerpt.

“The apron is a recurring theme in my work because it is symbolic of women’s sufferance. ... It’s an emblem of women’s despair, their poverty, their passions. I love drama and romance. It’s one of the reasons why I love antique jewelry—I like to live the lives of other women.”

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations opens May 10.