—The New York Times
"Perusing the book, which is intended as much as an objet d’art… provides an exhilarating visual experience."
— Apollo Magazine
"priceless as a keepsake focusing on two of the most iconic fashion designers of the 20th and 21st centuries… The device used in the book to invoke this "conversation" between the two designers is wonderfully inventive and will no doubt be used again in future works."
—The New York Journal of Books
"The reader will be bowled over by the lush images of Schiaparelli's 1930s goddess gowns, suit jackets with linebacker shoulders (later adopted by Hollywood costume designer Adrian), lamb chop- and shoe- shaped hats, as well as Prada's chiffon dresses emblazoned with illustrations of whimsical fairies and school-girl skirts in lip prints or bearing nostalgic "tourist" designs of Rome and Venice."
—Los Angeles Times
“My invitation to the Met’s Costume Institute Ball seems to have been mysteriously lost in the mail, but reading through the gorgeous companion volume to the Schiaparelli and Prada exhibition is (I’m sure) every bit as interesting, and nearly as glamorous.”
— Sadie Stein, Paris Review
"We're calling this the must-have book of the season!"
"masterpiece of an exhibition catalogue"
— Birmingham Post
“beautifully produced book that accompanies the exhibition. Curators Andrew Bolton and Harold Koda have paired with New Yorker writer Judith Thurman to provide some incredibly well- honed thinking on the two designers, explaining the process for the show; the structural construct behind it; and providing new analysis of the two vastly different and yet remarkably similar designers.”
— Fashion Historia
“begs to be read”
— Printers Row
“Happily the catalogue is just as brilliantly conceived as the show and visitors who do purchase a copy will be well-rewarded when they consider these women’s words without being elbowed by fellow museum- goers.”
— Studio International