Category: Opera Inspired Outfits

Opera Inspired Outfits- The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)

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.

Papagena
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.

Pamina
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!

Opera Inspired Outfits: The Women of Falstaff

About 3 years ago, I started making outfits on Polyvore that were inspired by different opera characters.  I recently started doing it again and wanted to share them with you. I used to post them on my Tumblr, but since I don’t really use it any more, I thought that I would share some of my new and old creations based on some my favourite operas.
This week: Falstaff.  It’s been on my mind lately, because it’s one of the operas we’re going to do at school next year. I love the women of this opera. They outsmart all the men, never betray each other, and have a great time doing it all.  Female Friendships are rarely in the forefront of an opera’s plot, and it is so refreshing to see it here.

Meg Page: Ok, can we talk about those Pants?!?! Meg is sometimes portrayed as Alice’s sidekick, but I like to think that she has a little more substance than that. I picture Meg as “The Fun One”. She’s up for anything, but she’s still going to be sensible about it and always stay classy. Her pants are great, but she knows better than to complicate things further with any more patterns or colours.

Nannetta: Nannetta is the youngest, and her style is a little more relaxed and carefree. She’s a little bit of a romantic but is still smart and practical.  I think the t-shirt is a perfect representation of her style, the vintage Pride and Prejudice book cover print from Out of Print Clothing is nerdy and dreamy at the same time and ties together the girlish, romantic accessories with her practical Jeans-and-a-T-Shirt outfit.

Alice Ford: I picture Alice as a no-nonsense business woman, who is not going to take any crap from any of the men in this opera.  However, she has a playful side. It’s hard to tell from the picture but the dress is polka-dotted, which is more fun than just a boring navy blue dress. The red shoes signify both her willingness to think outside the box and her sex appeal, which she has no problem using in order to teach Falstaff a lesson.

Mistress Quickly: Besides Falstaff himself, Mistress Quickly is the most vibrant character in the story.  In many productions she is dressed in garish colours and patterns, and can often look a little ridiculous.  I think this does a disservice to Mistress Quickly because the way that she carries herself and interacts with the other characters is full of dignity as well as humour. For that reason, I chose a simple, solid colour dress and some wild accessories. The outfit is colourful and quirky, but not tacky. There is also a pretty good mixture of high and low fashion in the outfit. I always picture Mistress Quickly with a huge bag, because she seems like the type who is prepared for anything at all times.

If you want any more details about any of the pieces used in an outfit, just click on the picture and it will take you to a list of all the items used in the set. What opera outfits do you want to see next? Let me know in the comments!

Falstaff by starvingsoubrette on polyvore.com
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