On 20 November 2013 the third “Style on Stage” exhibition will open in St Petersburg. This exhibition, an itinerant show about fashion, costumes and performing arts curated by Massimiliano Capella, contains 213 works: sketches, original stage garments and illustrations by many international designers created for opera, ballet and live shows over the past thirty years. This amazing showcase explores various collaborations between exceptional Italian fashion designers and the great interpreters of the international theatre scene, and it includes unique items by Missoni.
In 1983 the company designed the costumes for Donizetti’s opera “Lucia di Lammermoor”, scheduled that year at La Scala in Milan starring Luciano Pavarotti. All 120 costumes, inspired by the colours and patterns of Scotland, were produced in Sumirago; at the same time, Ottavio and Rosita Missoni were at many of the rehearsals in Milan.
The opening ceremony of the 1990 World Soccer Championship in Milan, “Italia 90”, was another special occasion for which the house created astonishing costumes. The highly vivid African-themed outfits boasted an immense wealth of cheerful patterns in a palette of mainly primary colours.
The Missonis’ involvement with theatre was segued in 2004, when they were asked to develop the costumes for the modern dance performance “Aeros”, created by world-renowned contemporary choreographers Daniel Ezralow, David Parsons and Moses Pendleton. This extraordinary show, a production featuring the Romanian Gymnastics Federation, had an impalpable scenery of only lights and projections, in which the athletes were the sole protagonists. Their perfectly shaped and harmonious bodies were dressed by costumes with a strong graphic impact, specially created by Luca Missoni.
“Style on Stage” is a significant exhibition regarding the work of key figures in Italian style involved with the fine art of performance: a show not to be missed.