Their past projects include the Fra Angelico Collection at LACMA and the solo exhibition ,www.perfectugg.co.uk suegStates of Matter at MOCA, but Pasadena natives Kate and Laura Mulleavys latest artistic endeavor is their largest undertaking yet: designing the costumes for the L.A. Philharmonics production of Mozarts Don Giovanni, led by Gustavo Dudamel. For a short, four-performance run, the show presented itself as an opportunity for Rodarte to firmly secure itself as part of the citys art establishmentnot to mention to work with the legendary Frank Gehry.Gehrys set design transformed the Walt Disney Concert Hallalso of his designinto an abstract interpretation of Don Giovannis mind. A meeting of the minds is the right way to describe the sisters collaboration with Gehry, too. We would have these meetings with Frank and would talk about things that had nothing to do with opera,Chanel 2.55, Laura Mulleavy told Style.com, citing the need to learn each others language. But in that sense it was indirectly working on the project, because we needed to understand the way he was going to come up with the idea and eventually design a set, and then we would design the costumes to go with it. Rodartes creations included two beaded gowns for each female lead, using silk, sequins, and intricate hand embroidery in a largely gray and white palette that introduced strategic color in the second act. For the men, they used denim (a first for the pair) to create a striking combination of straitjacket and armor, dressing each in a chest plate with a hand-painted marble finishrepresenting the chess pieces in Don Giovannis world.In both lead time and inspiration, the Mulleavys operatic costume debut was a departure from their normal design process. You are working with material that is so classic that everyone knows it, so youre starting from a ground point thats already decided for you, Laura said of the source material for the year-long effort. But though theyre familiar with defining characters in their collections, these costume designs were part of an evolving collaboration that entailed multiple moving parts. When youre designing for characters, you really have to become a costume designer. Youre not the sole decider and youre not a fashion designer in that situation.Don Giovanni concludes its run at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, L.A., with performances May 24 and 26.Alexis Brunswick
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