IL TEATRO alla MODA – Theater in Fashion

Roberto Capucci for Katia Ricciarelli conert gown 1986 Photo copyright 2011 Philipp Scholz Rittermann

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.

Gianni Versace The Firebird Photo copyright 2011 Philipp Scholz Rittermann

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.

Capriccio by Gianni Versace Photo copyright 2011 Philipp Scholz Rittermann

“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.


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