Renée Fleming | Met Gala Outfits Created by Legendary Designers

Met Gala Outfits Created by Legendary Designers

10 July 2008

Three of the world’s top fashion designers will create costumes for Renée Fleming for the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night gala on Monday, September 22. Fashion legends John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel will each design costumes for the star soprano, who will sing three of her most acclaimed roles in fully staged selections from Verdi’s La Traviata (Act II), Massenet’s Manon (Act III), and Strauss’s Capriccio (final scene).

“Working with the design masters Galliano, Lacroix, and Lagerfeld is an absolute thrill. Their sense of poetry in motion is a total complement to the music that I will be singing,” says Renée Fleming.

The gala performance marks the first time that the renowned designers have designed costumes for the Met. French-born designer Christian Lacroix will create two dresses for Fleming in the role of Violetta, one for each scene in the second act of Verdi’s La Traviata. Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel will design the dress for Manon. For the final scene from Capriccio, Fleming will wear a creation by John Galliano.

Also is has been announced that Coty Inc. has created a new fragrance, La Voce Renée Fleming, in honour of the singer; the launch of the opulent fragrance coincides with the Met’s opening night gala, and a portion of the sales proceeds will be donated to the opera company.