Covent Garden gets dressed down by Balenciaga – SlippediscSlippedisc

norman lebrecht

October 07, 2022

The Royal Opera House is using costumes from the Paris couturier in its sold-out new opera, Last Days, which opens tonight.

Based on Gus Van Sant’s 2005 film, Last Days is composed by Oliver Leith and directed by librettist by Matt Copsonn and Anna Morrissey.

Copson says: ‘Balenciaga was the obvious fit – (its) work involves the questioning and distortion of archetypes, the aesthetics of ‘alternative’ and the legacy of the 90s in a disruptive and poetic way. Each character on stage represents a different tribe and our references ranged from the specifics of Mormon backpacks to Seattle teen fashion. We asked ourselves – what do these forms mean to us now and how can we distort these loaded symbols into something poetic.’


Remember the 1990s Jonathan Miller production, which was dressed off the peg by Marks & Spencer? Those were nice frocks and suits.

photo: ROH

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