The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the United States premiere of Il Teatro alla Moda - Theater in Fashion, the first exhibition to explore Italy's famous haute couture designers and their impact on the stages of opera, dance and theater.
Over 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 will be on display in Beverly Hills to celebrate the current transformation of the Italian Renaissance Beverly Hills Post Office into a distinctive performing arts venue and to honor the designers' contributions to the performing arts.
The exhibition will have a limited 4-week run from October 14 â November 13, 2011. While the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is under construction, the exhibit will be on display at 253 North Beverly Drive on the ground floor of the new MGM Place, which will be converted into a temporary gallery. Hours are Wednesday-Friday noon- 7 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 11 a.m. â 6 p.m. The Annenberg will open in the Fall 2013.
Curated by Massimiliano Capella of Musei Mazzucchelli in Brescia, Italy, Il Teatro alla Moda - Theater in Fashion has been previously exhibited in Rome (Museo del Corso November - December 2010), Brescia (Musei Mazzucchelli January â April, 2011) and Milan (Palazzo Morando, May â July, 2011). It will be on display at the Villa Manin in the outskirts of Venice July 20-November 4, 2012.
"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 Valentino
Gianni Versace: Salome, Capriccio, Dionysos, Doktor Faustus
"When the Annenberg opens, we hope to become a center of creativity and collaboration for artists, where young and old can experience first class performances of theater, dance and music; where new work and educational programming will inspire, enlighten and challenge; but most of all, where artists can create and share their passion," concludes Executive Director Lou Moore.