24 MAY 2016 • 4:51PM
The entire chorus was visibly thrilled to be singing in draped, pleated and expertly fitted gauze gowns designed by a top couturier rather than scruffy old hand-me-downs. Costumes for Dotto and Anna Malavasi (Flora) were made in the Valentino couture atelier under the eyes of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the Valentino creative directors now the man himself has stood down.
Not content with creating the costumes, Mr Garavani attracted the talents of Sofia Coppola, Oscar-nominated director daughter of Francis Ford, to direct the piece (“Opera. Rome. Valentino - how could I say no?” she’s said of taking the helm at her first opera), and Nathan Crowley who designed the sets for Batman Begins and Dark Knight.
The combination looks like a winning one. The so-called most fashionable opera ever to be staged has already taken almost £900,000 in advance ticket sales against a total cost of £1.3million, according to WWD.
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