Ballet dancer David Hallberg delivered a brilliant performance at last night's performance of Francesco Vezzoli's Fortuna Desperata, but not without an equally brilliant costume. He took center stage in a Prada creation designed by the brand's design director Fabio Zambernardi that featured black woolen fabric with pink duchesse lining embroidered with stones, crystals, and hand-folded fabrics.
"The costume which Prada has made for David Hallberg is the perfect metaphor for his Fortuna Desperata performance," Vezzoli says. "Its pseudo-renaissance style is philological, yet the materials are ultra-modernist. Like the dance steps that Hallberg will perform, his costume will seem like a futuristic version of a painting by Beato Angelico."
But Prada isn't the only designer to catch the theater bug. Dries Van Noten has designed costumes for Hagoromo, a dance-chamber opera directed by David Michalek that revolves around an encounter between a poor fisherman and a fallen angel (slated to run between Tuesday, Nov. 3 to Nov. 8 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music). Much like the performance, which is a contemporary take on traditional Japanese Noh theater), the costumes are inspired by traditional kimono designs, from the silhouette to the color combinations.
"A designer's work must inevitably encompass the movement of a body in day to day life," Van Noten says. "Collaborating with a choreographer greatly heightens this reality and pushes my understanding of a garment even further than I expect. This is a rare and treasured moment."