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Edited by on August 26 2011 at 7:34 AM

The record-breaking success of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty was a feather in the hat of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute — and that hat was probably designed by Philip Treacy — but what’s next? According to WWD, the Met will delve into the work of two female, Italian designers.

Tough Act to Follow: The Costume Institutes Next Exhibit

Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli are reportedly the focus of the Costume Institute’s next exhibit in the spring. Schiaparelli, who is as important to Italian fashion as Gabrielle Chanel is to French fashion, had a groundbreaking and innovative line between the two world wars but was unable to adapt in the wake of Christian Dior’s New Look.

While Prada is obviously one of the most successful and influential women working in fashion today and is also of Italian descent. No doubt the Institute’s curator, Andrew Bolton, will draw some parallels between the two women’s lives and careers. But for now, the Met is remaining mum on the matter. [WWD]

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