Dazzling Designs by Area Students Light Up the Stage for Opera Company of Philadelphia’s Romeo and Juliet!
As part of the much-anticipated new production of Romeo and Juliet, which sets the Capulets and the Montagues as major contemporary fashion houses, Opera Company of Philadelphia Costume Director Richard St. Clair is prepared to “bring it” in February, dressing the cast in the ultimate in 21st Century chic. While a team of wardrobe artists works to dress the stellar principal cast, the Opera Company has taken their reputation for cultivating rising stars in a new direction — to the world of fashion! OCP has partnered with several of the premier design schools in the region to develop a runway fashion show that will unfold during the opera, spotlighting Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Moore College of Art & Design, and Philadelphia University were given guidelines by costuming veteran Richard St. Clair. The task for their student designers? “To create stunning, color-rich, avant-garde designs to be featured in a runway fashion show – with a cheeky wink to Renaissance fashion and tabloid magazines,” shares St. Clair. “The director loved the idea of engaging fresh, young talent, showcasing the creativity of many of our area’s up and coming designers.”
The costumes will ultimately become a standing part of the production, which goes to Italy after its premiere here. In the meantime, the supernumeraries – or opera “extras” – for this production are being furnished by John Robert Powers School here in Philadelphia, and the models will make their operatic debuts walking the walk in five performances, February 11, 13m, 16, 18 & 20m at the Academy of Music.
(republished courtesy of Opera Company of Philadelphia)