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A Fashionable Visit to the Opera
On Thursday, September 27th, students from the School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco had a unique and inspiring opportunity to go see the final dress rehearsal for The Capulets and the Montagues at the War Memorial Opera House. The tragic Shakespeare play has such iconic characters but this production was something completely new and like nothing I had ever seen, including the stunning costumes by world-renowned fashion designer Christian Lacroix.
 
The black curtain rose to a dark red and gray gradient background with thirty or so English riding saddles hung in the air, with men dressed in beautifully tailored coats and top hats. At that moment we all looked at each other and knew we were going to see something really spectacular. This production of Romeo and Juliet was done with such a dark, masculine overtone and there wasn’t a moment my eyes stopped moving across the stage.
 
Lacroix really outdid himself in the wedding scene of the opera. The courtesans made their way up a huge set of bleacher like steps into the church for Juliet’s wedding. The layered patchwork dresses were adorned in striking greens, yellows and fuchsias, a mixture of bright color and clashing textures. It truly was a sight to see!
 
Members of the Capulets and the Montagues.  Photo by Cory Weaver.
(Above: a scene from I Capuleti e i Montecchi.  Photo by Cory Weaver.)

After the opera was over, our group had the honor of speaking with Christopher Verdosci, the Assistant Costume Director for the San Francisco Opera. He answered student’s questions, and had some very insightful and fun stories of his own to share. “I have to tell you all about a character in seconds, with just what they are wearing,” he explained. He also described some of the challenges of his job and spoke of his dedicated team that helped create such an amazing show.

Students from the Academy of Art University.  Photo by author.
 (Above: Students from the Academy of Art University in attendance at the final dress rehearsal.  Photo by Lita Teplitz.)

Thank you so much to the San Francisco Opera for this amazing opportunity and to our own student fashion club, Beyond the Front Row, for organizing this special event. I know we all can’t wait to see what’s next!

Lita Teplitz is a student in the School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  This entry was reprinted from The Fashion School Daily by permission by the author and the Academy of Art University.
Posted: 10/12/2012 3:19:39 PM by Lita Teplitz (AAU Fashion Design Student)
Filed under: 2012-13Season, costumes, TheCapuletsandtheMontagues, visual


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