Alaïa for
L.A. Philharmonic


Azzedine Alaïa will create the costumes for

The Marriage of Figarò at the L.A. Philharmonic



In May of 2012, the L.A. Philharmonic launched its

Mozart/DaPonte project—a three-year-long commitment

to staging the pair’s trio of eighteenth-century operatic

masterpieces: Don Giovanni, The Marriage  of Figarò,

and Cosi Fan Tutte. Last year, the institution partnered

with California natives Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte

and architect Frank Gehry to create the Don Giovanni costumes

and set, respectively. This year, for its The Marriage of Figaro

production, the L.A. Phil sourced talents from across the pond,

tapping Azzedine Alaïa for costumes and Pritzker Prize-winning

architect Jean Nouvel for the set. Under the helm of conductor

Gustavo Dudamel and director Christopher Alden, Alaïa (who’s

also preparing for a solo exhibition of his work at Paris’ Musée

Galliera this fall) has created rich wares for the opera’s female

and male cast, marking the first time in our memory that he’s tried

his hand at menswear. The designer stuck to his signature knit

silhouettes for the onstage looks, infusing them with a hint of metallic

and bead detailing to catch the spotlight. Alaïa’s original sketches

for the leads—Count and Countess Almaviva, played by Christopher

Maltman and Dorothea Röschmann—.