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This year, Bergdorf’s trademark touch of whimsy finds its ideal match in the Costume Institute’s spring 2012 exhibition, “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” which explores the striking connections between the two iconic designers. Madame Schiaparelli’s signature Surrealist aesthetic (think of her plucky Tear dress and Shoe hat), in the hands of Hoey and Bergdorf’s senior vice president of the fashion office and store presentation Linda Fargo, echoes in oversize plaster eyes, noses, and mouths, hung on walls alongside offerings from Prada’s spring 2012 collection. Elsewhere, the Met’s imagined “dialogues” between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada run floor-to-ceiling, framing archival Prada pieces hand-selected by Miuccia herself to play off life-size vintage fashion editorials of iconic Schiap silhouettes.

 Prada Store on Fifth Avenue 

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