Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Day 270 Pittsburgh Opera Fashion Event “A Song of Thrones”-Medieval Meets Modern

The recent Pittsburgh Opera Fashion Event, "A Song of Thrones” featured some of their ornate operatic  costumes in conjunction with fashions by Diana Misetic of Shadyside fashion studio and boutique, Little Black Dress. What I enjoy most about the opera experience is that it’s  an extravagant production of set, costumes, and of course sound.  Mixing the pageantry of  the opera with  fashion is a dramatic way to display clothing. Since the theme for this fashion show was based on the epic television series “Game of Thrones,” the experience was a dramatic mixing of medieval and modern worlds.   

Modern fashion mixed with medieval costumes from the opera vault 
Fashion is art. A garment is a designer’s creation which expresses his or her vision  but what we chose to wear on our body is our own personal expression. I believe what makes  a fashion show such a fun experience is that we picture wearing "the dress" as the model walks down the runway. Sometimes we want "the dress" because we think that it will make us “feel” the way it looks on the runway, or we want " the dress" because we want to send a message by wearing it.  Other times we just enjoy the aesthetics  of the designs just as we might enjoy an opera, symphony or ballet.
Opera Resident Artists having fun post show 

Warriors opened the show 

The Pittsburgh Opera fashion show was a production of both medieval and modern worlds. The fashion show opened with warriors walking the runway to the  epic “Game of Thrones” theme song (listen) in conjunction with  mysterious lighting. The costumes of kings and queens were interwoven with the modern fashions on  models with braided hair fashions by Studio Booth. Everyone was in “medieval character”.

The dress I pictured  myself wearing -my favorite fashion
Diana Misetic's fashion picks  gave a wonderful  variety of garments from a elegant simple yellow silky dress with a reversible cape to a white flowing dress with flowered bodice. I heard crowd “ahhs” often during the show!

Ben Taylor is Captain Gardner  in Moby-Dick

During the finale the opera  resident artists  graced us all with their powerful voices as  they shared the runway with the fashion models during their final walk. The show was a perfect blend of both past and modern worlds in dramatic opera style, or should I say fashion!  

 I would definitely support the Pittsburgh Opera by taking part  in their fashion event  again next year.  An interesting crowd mingled during the cocktail hour before the show. The  hors d’oeuvres  were fantastic. The show kept the dramatic theme through-out and the best part was meeting the resident artists who mingled after the show. I am now  ready to experience Pittsburgh Opera’s  current production- Moby Dick.

Other Sources
 Pittsburgh Opera https://www.pittsburghopera.org/

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