The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the U.S. premiere of Il Teatro alla Moda Theater in Fashion now in its second extended run through March 18th. This universally well-received exhibition is the first to explore Italy’s famous haute couture designers and their impact on the stages of opera, dance and theater.
The exhibition features more than 80 costumes, sketches and drawings from Giorgio Armani, Roberto Capucci, Enrico Coveri, Fendi, Alberta Ferretti, Romeo Gigli, Antonio Marras, Missoni, Emanuel Ungaro, Valentino and Gianni Versace.
Il Teatro Alla Moda was brought to Beverly Hills to celebrate the current transformation of the city’s Italian Renaissance Post Office into a distinctive performing arts venue and to honor the designers’ contributions to the performing arts.
I recently had the opportunity to view the exhibition and was enthralled by the beauty seen in these magnificent costumes. Conceived and curated by Massimiliano Capella of Musei Mazzucchelli in Brescia, Italy and promoted by Fondazione Giacomini Meo Fiorot onlus-Musei Mazzucchelli and Altaroma, the presentation allows you the opportunity to view the theatrical craftsmanship of these great Italian designers in an intimate setting.
“The relationship between theater and fashion has allowed the designers to leave their own unique mark on theatrical events,” said Curator Capella. “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 Valentine
Gianni Versace: Salome, Capriccio, Dionysos, Doktor Faustus
While construction continues on the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, the exhibition will remain at a temporary space on the ground floor of the new MGM Place, located at 253 North Beverly Drive, in Beverly Hills.
The museum hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 11a. to 6p. Ticket’s can only be purchased at the door and are $10 for adults. Children under 12 and students with valid ID are free. Two hour free parking is available directly across the street.