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Edited by on January 18 2012 at 7:16 AM

The Elsa Schiaparelli-Miuccia Prada Costume Institute exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is still months away, but why not get the buzz rolling early on? Backstage after her celebrity-filled men’s show in Milan, Prada appeared not too enthused about the upcoming exhibit, saying: ”It’s too formal. They are focused on similarities, comparing feather with feather, ethnic with ethnic, but they are not taking into consideration that we are talking about two different eras, and that [Schiaparelli and I] are total opposite. I told them, but they don’t care.” Now, her namesake label claims these comments were “taken out of context.”

Backpedalling with Prada: Brand Insists Miuccias Met Exhibit Comments Taken Out of Context

“Miuccia Prada is honoured and proud to take part in this exhibition which is ‘an impossible’ conversation between Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli,” a brand spokesperson said. ”The comments printed are taken out of context and therefore misconstrued. Mrs. Prada confirmed that she admires the total curatorial independence of the museum to the extent that they almost did not take into consideration her vision.”

Yeah, it’s totally plausible that “I told them, but they don’t care” was a funny aside said with a self-deprecating chuckle and a playful roll of the eyes. And it’s totally plausible that after making these “out of context” statements, Miuccia went around slapping every underling that dared to even breathe in her general direction, which — when taken out of context — seems like a violent outburst but is really just a little thing the house of Prada does for kicks. [Vogue UK]

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