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Friday, May 8, 2009

Stage Bedfellows

Viktor & Rolf know a few things about putting on a show (recall the all-Shalom virtual runway experience for spring 09, the models made to look like statuary for fall 09, or any of untold theatrics over the years). Now, after catching the stage bug designing costumes for a Robert Wilson production in 2004, the duo is once again lending their dramatic flair to the avant-garde director-playwright's staging of Carl Maria von Weber's romantic opera “Der Freischutz” (The Freeshooter) on May 30 and June 1 at Germany's largest and most famed opera house, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

We saw some early snaps of the fairytale-like outfits, and let's just say they’re classic over-the-top V&R. Some performers will be enveloped in what amounts to a huge bouquet of silk and satin flowers tied with a giant ribbon, while others will appear as lightning bolts, festooned in red and orange Swarovski crystals, of which almost a million are used in total. Apparently there are dirndls and lederhosen in the mix, too. If only Shalom could have smuggled them into the Met Ball.

—Katie Hintz

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