A bunch of my friends just did a production of The Magic Flute in Italy and so I have it on the brain.  I decided to revisit some of my older Opera outfits that have been hiding in the archives of my old tumblr. This is still one of my favourite collections.

The Three Ladies
I love these three women. They have such a great dynamic and generally steal the scene every time.  Each woman has a distinct personality and I wanted to reflect that in each of the outfits. When I first made these up, I assigned the outfits in numerical order from left to right, but I’ve actually changed my mind.  The outfit on the left screams Third Lady to me, who I think is the youngest, or at least the most playful of the three.  The middle one is demure and practical, like I imagine the First Lady to be and the right outfit is for the second lady, who seems to be the dramatic type to me.

This is hands-down my favourite outfit that I’ve ever made for this series. I love everything about it. The cagey heels, the feather hair pin, and that skirt! We don’t see much of Papagena in the opera but this outfit is quirky and sexy, just like she is.

I went with blue and gold for Pamina because she is trapped between night and day. The dress is fancy and princess-like but the yellow cardigan dresses it down.  The accessories here are super symbolic, the silver star earrings, the gold chain bracelet and of course the dagger broach all represent the forces that she is caught between. Poor Pamina, being used as a pawn in a cosmic power struggle when all she wants is a boyfriend.

Queen of the Night
Ok, maybe giving the queen a gown and a ton of jewellery is a cop-out, but what else can you do? She is dark, dramatic and blindingly sparkly.  The heels are impractical, but who needs practical shoes when you’re the queen of everything? There are a few different pairs of earrings because she would definitely have more than one piercing, maybe if I was to do this again, I would give her a sparkly ear cuff. Most of the jewellery in the set are actually rings, because I can totally imagine her making Tamino and Papageno kiss her rings in deference

Tomorrow is my last first day of school, which is SO CRAZY, but I am determined to blog through it all. Are there any other operas that you’d like to see outfits for? Let me know in the comments!

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