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Whoever's running the show at the LA Philharmonic sure has expensive tastes, and the wherewithal to fulfill them. Last year, the Phil teamed up with Rodarte and Frank Gehry on a production of Don Giovanni. Rodarte designed the costumes, Gehry, the set. This year, they've managed to rope in famed couturier Azzedine Alaïa and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel for a revamp of The Marriage of Figaro.
Style.com has the exclusive on the news, reporting that Alaïa has signed on to design the looks for both the male and female cast, making this "the first time in our memory that he's tried his hand at menswear." The costumes will be made of his signature knits, which will boast "a hint of metallic and bead detailing to catch the spotlight." There's no word yet on the set, but a glimpse of the designer's sketches for the leads are above. The opera will run just four nights—May 17th, 19th, 23rd and 25th—and tickets are already sold out.
· LA Phil [Official Site]
· Alaïa's Aria [StyleFile]
· Rodarte Collaborated with NARS to Beautify Don Giovanni [Racked]
· This Is How Rodarte and Frank Gehry Do Don Giovanni [Racked]