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90th Season: Costume All-Stars
Our 90th Season is glammed up by Christian Lacroix’s stunning costumes for The Capulets and the Montagues. Born in Arles, France, the designer is known for his lavish, fantasy creations, influenced by his education in historical costumes. His design house may be closed, but Lacroix has far from slowed down. He continues to design for celebrities, collaborates and designs for other companies, and has designed costumes for opera and theater. Lacroix is even a pop culture household name: Absolutely FabulousEdina Monsoon wouldn’t be caught dead in anything but Lacroix, sweetie darling!

In honor of the haute couture eye candy on stage this season, we wanted to take a look back at the work of top fashion designers that have graced the War Memorial Opera House stage. Over the course of our 90 years we have featured some stunning costumes. It was hard to narrow it down, but in addition to Mr. Lacroix, our top all-stars are Bob Mackie, Gianni Versace and Zandra Rhodes.

Lulu—costume design by Bob Mackie (1989 and 1998)

[Ann Panagulias as Lulu, 1989; photo by Ron Scherl]

[Frederica Von Stade as Countess Geschwitz, 1998; photo by Marty Sohl]

[Eilana Lappalainen as Lulu, 1998; photo by Marty Sohl]

Capriccio—costume design by Gianni Versace (1990)

[Keith Olsen as Flamand; photo by Larry Merkle]

[Håkan Hagegård as The Count and Kiri Te Kanawa as The Countess; photo by Larry Merkle]

[William Shimell as Olivier; photo by Larry Merkle]

Aida—costume design by Zandra Rhodes (2010)

[Dolora Zajick as Amneris, Micaela Carosi as Aida and Marcello Giordani as Radames; photo by Cory Weaver]

[Dolora Zajick as Amneris and Micaela Carosi as Aida; photo by Cory Weaver]

[Marco Vratogna as Amonasro; photo by Cory Weaver]

The Capulets and the Montagues—costume design by Christian Lacroix (2012)

[Joyce DiDonato as Romeo and Nicole Cabell as Giulietta; photo by Cory Weaver]

[Eric Owens as Capellio and Joyce DiDonato as Romeo; photo by Cory Weaver]

[Joyce DiDonato as Romeo and Ensemble; photo by Cory Weaver]

Posted: 10/16/2012 10:39:45 AM by San Francisco Opera
Filed under: 2012-13Season, BobMackie, ChristianLacroix, GianniVersace, TheCapuletsandtheMontagues, ZandraRhodes


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