Rodarte Unveils Don Giovanni Costumes

Donna Anna Concept Design Rodarte
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Donna Anna Concept Design with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte.

Rodarte is going from the ballet to the opera.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy's designs for Black Swan and, more recently, for the American Ballet Theater, were highly acclaimed (and may have started a mini-trend of designers like Stella McCartney and Christian Lacroix tackling their own Terpischorean projects.) Now, the sisters have unveiled their sketches for the upcoming production of Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, which will be performed by the L.A. Philharmonic at Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall later this month.

Women's Wear Daily reports that the sisters collaborated with Swarovski on the designs. They are also working alongside Frank Gehry, who is doing the sets, and Benjamin Millepied, who will choreograph a modern work to be shown alongside the Mozart classic. The Mulleavys will produce 20 costumes in all.

“It took a while to understand the characters, their motivations and what we wanted to visualize," Kate Mulleavy told the newspaper. "[Gehry] told us from the beginning that it was about the music, and our job was to help that. The costumes are the kind of thing that you want to lift the music — you don’t want to compete or kill it.”

Best of luck, ladies. What's the opera equivalent of "Break a leg?"