Versace’s style was quite theatrical even in ready-to-wear collections. Versace has a lot of works for the theater, he actively collaborated with choreographers Maurice Bejard, Roland Petit, John Cox, William Forsyth.
In 1982 Versace undertakes his first collaboration with the theatre world, designing the costumes for Richard Strauss’s ballet Josephs legende (The Legend of Joseph) for La Scala in Milan. He does this once again for Gustav Mahler’s Lieb und Leid (Love and Sorrow). In 1984 – for Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”, Bejard’s “Dionysus”, in 1987 for” Solomea”, in 1990 for “Capriccio” with graphics, based on abstracts by Sonia Delaunay.
Versace in black and white is the closest to elegance, there are no excessively shining rhinestones in all the colors of the rainbow and intense color combinations.
Of course, it is interesting to watch how the sketch turns into a costume, because when you look at the drawing, you figure out how the fashion designer will embody it, and then you see either a silk painting or embroidery and applique.
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