Beverly Hills—Since they often dress divas, no wonder so many Italian fashion designers have turned their talents toward the arts, creating haute couture costumes for opera, dance and theater.
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is showcasing some of these theatrical creations during a limited, four-week long exhibition called Il Teatro alla Moda – Theater in Fashion, featuring more than 80 costumes, sketches and drawings from the likes of Giorgio Armani, Roberto Capucci, Enrico Coveri, Fendi, Alberta Ferretti, Romeo Gigli, Antonio Marras, Missoni, Emanuel Ungaro, Valentino and Gianni Versace.
“The relationship between theater and fashion has allowed the designers to leave their own unique mark on theatrical events,” says the exhibition’s curator, Massimiliano Capella of Musei Mazzucchelli in Brescia, Italy. “These designers brought their signature styles and their love of the arts to the stage to capture the essence of the characters in the productions. The distinctive look of each house is apparent in these works for the stage.”
Highlights of the exhibition include costumes from the following productions:
Giorgio Armani: “Soul”
Roberto Capucci: “Tribute to Maria Callas,” “Capriccio”
Enrico Coveri: “The Great Gatsby”
Fendi: “La Traviata,” “Carmen”
Alberta Ferretti: “Carmen”
Romeo Gigli: “The Magic Flute”
Antonio Marras: “Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Missoni: “Lucia di Lammermoor”
Ungaro: “The Clemency of Titus”
Valentino: “The Dream of Valentino”
Gianni Versace: “Salome,” “Capriccio,” “Dionysos,” “Doktor Faustus”
The exhibition, which runs Oct. 14 to Nov. 13, will be on display at 253 North Beverly Drive, ground floor of the new MGM Place, which was converted into a temporary gallery since The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is under construction still under construction.
Schedule hours are Wednesday to Friday, noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, will be $10 per person Thursday – Sunday; children under 12 and students with valid ID are free. The admission on Wednesdays is free for all. The Annenberg will open in the Fall 2013.
“When the Annenberg opens in fall 2013, we hope to become a center of creativity and collaboration for artists, where young and old can experience first class performances of theater, dance and music; where new work and educational programming will inspire, enlighten and challenge; but most of all, where artists can create and share their passion,” Lou Moore, executive director, adds.
Il Teatro alla Moda – Theater in Fashion has been previously exhibited in Rome,Brescia and Milan and will next be on display at the Villa Manin in the outskirts of Venice July 20 to Nov. 4, 2012.
Photo: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Beverly Hills presents Il Teatro alla Moda, Theater in Fashion, featuring costumes designed for the stage by Italy’s premiere haute couture designers. Costume shown designed by Gianni Versace. (PRNewsFoto/Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Gianni V