(Opera) Fashion Hard At Work

 

 

 

 

For those of us lucky enough to not have to wear the company logo to work, we have fashion decisions to make. Do we bring our fashion sense to work, dress conservatively or wear what reflects our interests, hobbies and passions?

Nowhere is fashion more hard at work than on the opera stage where the opera production dictates the costumes. Costumes indicate the time period, socioeconomics, who the leads are, where the action takes place and sometimes even what is going to happen. Opera fashion can also influence opera house architecture as well. And architecture returns the favor.

Take a look at some of these influences:

Albina Shagimuratova never performed on this Phantom of the Opera stage in this costume, but the colors, shapes and textures are a direct match, no?

 

 

This is Renata Tebaldi’s costume from Manon Lescaut paired with the coral tree garden of the Disney Concert Hall in LA, indicating that old world fashion can still influence modern architecture.

 

 

The design on Barbara Fritoli’s costume reflects a similar pattern on the curtain of the Odessa Opera House.

 

Modern diva, meet modern opera house: South Korean soprano Sumi Jo and the Chinese Guanzhou opera house. Similar lighting, similar color palette

 

The lenticular fabric of Renee Fleming’s gown reflects the orange, black and light lavender of the Royal Albert Hall in this picture.

 

 

Modern Block Color Throwback: Shirley Verrit 1973/The Queen’s Theatre at Trianon, Versailles, 1780, Architect: Richard Mique.

 

The ruff of Edita Gruberova’s Maria Stuarda costume mimicking the roofline of the Sydney Opera House.

I doubt that there was a direct design correlation between any of these pairings, yet it is as if there are some fantastically weird fashion/architecture archetypes out there that get repeated again and again.

Want to see more examples of fashion influencing architecture and vice versa? Visit me here on my Pinterest board, Fashion/Architecture Meet in a Night at the Opera. And take a look at the original pictures which inspired the board.

 

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