What: “Il Teatro Alla Moda” (Theater in Fashion) – an exhibition of Italy’s haute couture designers that pulls over 71 opera costumes and 76 sketches from 17 private and public collections around the world designed by Fendi, Versace, Valentino, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Alberta Ferretti, and more. The exhibition will have a limited 4-week run from Oct. 14–Dec. 18 (free on Wednesdays) at 253 N. Beverly Dr. on the ground floor of the new MGM Place. Hours are Wednesday-Friday noon- 7 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets: $10, Free on Wednesday. Children under 12 and students with valid ID are free.
Where: While the new Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts is under construction (they will open in Fall 2013), the center borrowed space from the newly built MGM building on N. Beverly Drive to house the US premiere of “Il Teatro Alla Moda” which has now been in Rome, Milan and will go back to Venice after it’s stay in Beverly Hills. An after party was held across the street in the Montage courtyard.
Who: Bram Goldsmith (Chairman of the Annenberg’s Board of directors), Massimiliano Capella (curated of the exhibit), Lou Moore of the Annenberg Center (who is responsible for bringing the exhibit to Beverly Hills) and her husband Shaun Singleton, Vicky Renyolds (former mayor of BH), Brian Rosesntien, Candy Spelling, Valeria Mangani (Vice-President of Alta Roma in Rome, and the external relations manager for the Mayor of Rome), Italian Consul General Giuseppe Perrone, Wanda McDaniel and Barry Frediani from Armani, Annenberg board members Jerry & Lois Magnin, Fred & Betty Hayman, John & Bridget Martens and many more.
The Italian team has been here for 5 days to set up the exhibit, staying at the Beverly Hilton and taking in all the sites and museums in LA – Getty, LACMA, MOCA … Massimiliano, Valeria, Lou and Bram each spoke about their involvements with the project. Massimiliano both Valeria used the phrase “made with love” to describe the pieces in the exhibit … something we don’t hear often in America and a nice sentiment.
While The Annenberg Center won’t open until next fall, the garage – a subterranean, three-level parking garage operated by the City of Beverly Hills – is opening in two weeks.
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 pieces in this exhibition are on loan from:
•Enrico Coveri Maison, Milan
•Missoni S.p.A., Milan
•Teatro alla Scala, Milan
•Versace S.p.A., Milan
•The Kabaivanska Collection, Modena
•Teatro San Carlo, Naples
•The Antonacci Collection, Paris
•Teatro Regio, Parma
•The Bonfadelli Collection, Rome
•Renato Balestra Haute Couture, Rome
•Sartoria Farani, Rome
•Sartoria Russo, Rome
•Teatro dell’Opera, Rome
•The Ricciarelli Collection, Verona
•Washington National Opera, Washington, D.C.
The collaboration between haute couture and theater has its roots in the late 19th century. The great fashion designer, Charles Frederick Worth worked closely with preeminent artists such as Sarah Bernhardt, Lillie Langtry and Jenny Lind to design their costumes. In 1924 Sergei Pavlovich Diaghiev invited Coco Chanel to design the costumes for Le Train Bleu, a new ballet for the legendary Les Ballet Russes, based on a story by Jean Cocteau. The curtain was painted by Pablo Picasso and the set was an avant-garde Cubist beach designed by Henry Laurens. Chanel created bathing suits of jersey, until then, considered a working class fabric. The ballet was an immediate sensation, setting the stage for transformative collaborations between the great European designers Elsa Schiaparelli, Jeanne Lavin, Pierre Balmain, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Thiery Mugler, Vivienne Westwood and Christian LaCroix and the arts. Beginning in the 1980’s, Italian designers began to dominate costume design.