Prada and Schiaparelli rumoured to be next Costume Institute stars

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Rumour has it that legendary fashion designers Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli will be the next legends to be honoured at Metropolian Museum of Art's Costume Institute.

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Every year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York hosts an exhibition honouring fashion design in their Costume Institute. This year's 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' retrospective was extremely successful, with nearly 700,000 flocking to see the late designer's work (the UK fashion industry is currently campaigning to have the popular show brought to London.) Now that exhibition has closed, Womens Wear Daily is reporting that the next designers to be featured will be Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli. Although this is yet to be officially confirmed, we can't help but be excited at the prospect of not one, but two of the First Ladies of fashion being given this prestigious honour at the same time.

Both have shaped the fashion industry in their own unique way. Miuccia Prada is known for being the most influential designer working today, and her hugely successful 33-year career to date has produced iconic looks and trends - her design style constantly evolves, and where Miuccia leads, the rest of the industry follows. The immensely popular Prada and Miu Miu labels recorded sales of €2.1 billion in 2010 (not bad going...) Elsa Schiaparelli, who was Coco Chanel's greatest rival, revolutionised women's fashion. Unbelievably, she was the first designer to ever stage a catwalk show, and was a great innovator in the (now conventional) practise of a fashion house producing perfumes. She was also renowned for her use of shocking pink, her signature colour - and a handbag.com favourite!

Both these women are and were great role models; independent, visionary and intelligent creative people who have created a legacy in the fashion industry and who weren't afraid to do things their own way. We think they are a perfect pairing for the next Costume Institute exhibition, if the rumours do turn out to be true. What do you think? Which other dream combinations of designers would you like to see featured? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

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