Saturday, November 12, 2011

When Fashion Meets The Opera

Fashion Designers at the Opera
Helena Matheopoulos (HB)
In the world of Opera, costume designs are theatrical and vibrant and are free to be as other-worldly as the mind allows. A playground of thoughts and a veritable candy shop for any designer, the Opera provides a world of unlimited play and imagination; the senses are courted and drawn to a number of elements simultaneously, producing an engulfing and escapist experience. It is no wonder then that designers line the stalls eager to create wonderful creations for the operatic stage. 

In her new title, Fashion Designers at the Opera (Thames & Hudson), former fashion editor and Operatic author, Helena Matheopoulos sheds light on the significant relationship between fashion and Opera. Helena touches on the influences each party brings to each other's productions and the work that goes in to the concept behind each piece, including the influence of the music and the set. 

Filled with amazing photography, beautiful illustrations and exclusive interviews, the book boasts a grand list of fashion designers including, Christian Lacroix, Gianni Versace, Miuccia Prada and Zandra Rhodes who have created exceptional pieces for productions such as Carmen, Aïda and Capricciothis title is a wonder.

As enticing for the fashion nut as it is for the Opera enthusiast and the art lover. Great as a coffee table item, but I will be delving in head first, front to back, to really enjoy this title.

Fashion Designers at the Opera is on sale now.

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