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Fashion Designers at the Opera

Helena Matheopoulos

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An exuberant, wonderfully illustrated exploration of how opera has inspired ten visionary fashion designers to create breathtaking costumes


Fashion and opera are natural arenas for collaboration. The most theatrical of arts has inspired the most visionary fashion designers; Viktor & Rolf, Miuccia Prada, Emanuel Ungaro and Christian Lacroix have all made successful sorties as costumers for operas all over the world.

Fashion Designers at the Opera profiles leading figures in the world of fashion, together with their dazzling costume designs. Interviews illuminate the journey that led each to the opera and the challenges of working in a new medium. It includes designs for Don Giovanni, Carmen, Aida, Così fan tutte, The Magic Flute and many other operas staged at such opera houses as the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the Arènes de Nîmes and more. Over 200 illustrations reproduce the designers' sketches and photographs of the costumes on stage.

For fashion lovers and opera fans everywhere, this book is a must-have celebration of an exciting crossover.

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'Of equal appeal to both fashion and opera devotees … a fascinating insight into both worlds'
The Scotsman

'Gorgeously illustrated … The book looks as good as the clothes: it’s great to read and to browse'
Opera Now

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Book Details

Format: Quarterbound/PLC (no jacket)

Size: 31.0 x 24.8 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Illustrations: 202

Publication date: 7 November 2011

ISBN: 9780500515761

Contents List

Introduction • Giorgio Armani • Marc Bohan • Christian Lacroix • Karl Lagerfeld • Ottavio and Rosita Missoni • Miuccia Prada • Zandra Rhodes Emanuel Ungaro • Gianni Versace • Viktor & Rolf

About the Author

Helena Matheopoulos is a former fashion editor of Tatler and a regular contributor to The Times, Gramophone and Opera Now. She is the author of several books on opera, including Maestro: Encounters with Conductors of Today, Diva: The New Generation and Placido Domingo: My Roles in Opera.