Sneak Peak: Azzedine Alaïa’s Costumes for The Marriage of Figaro

The Los Angeles Philharmonic may not be the first place that springs to mind when thinking of exclusive and one-of-a-kind fashion, but it has become just that thanks to its Mozart/Da Ponte project, a three-year-long commitment to pairing 18th-century operatic classics with some of the world’s most renowned designers.

Last year’s production of Don Giovanni saw sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte fame sketch and sew works of art for the stage characters. For the second installment, the L.A. Phil tapped Tunisian-born womenswear couturier Azzedine Alaïa to craft costumes for The Marriage of Figaro’s full cast of soloists, half of whom are men. Alaïa’s original sketches for the lead roles of Count and Countess Almaviva, played by Christopher Maltman and Dorothea Röschmann, are on display below. The Marriage of Figaro plays at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on May 17, 19, 23 and 25. For more information, visit the L.A. Phil.

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