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The Royal Opera House Costume Department: A Journey Between the Past and the Future

Sun 8 Sept 16.30 - 18.00
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The Royal Opera House Costume Department: A Journey Between the Past and the Future

From the perspective of the creative process behind the making of costumes at the Royal Opera House, Ilaria Martello can detect the influence of costume within culture. Investigating the significance of costumes as cultural objects that speak to the audience in the present while in relation to the past, she ascertains places where they also engage with the future.  In her talk she referred in particular to costumes within the Royal Opera House Archives, costumes on the body in the fitting room and on stage, and costume expanding its power of expression through technology.

This event was open to all.

Price: £6

Image: Textile Experimentation by Ilaria Martello for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, designed by Bob Crowley




Key contributors

Ilaria Martello

Ilaria Martello has worked for the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet since 2003, where she is Costume Supervisor, having gained an MA in Textiles at Goldsmith and worked for Vivienne Westwood previously.  Ilaria is also a freelance costume writer for a range of publications. Her costume design credits include: co-design for “Foie Gras”, winner of the Place Prize Award 2008; also at The Place, the dance piece “It Started at the End”.  At ROH: “Don Giovanni” for the Young Artists programme; four short dance pieces for Dance Future in 2011 and the video “One Extraordinary World” ROH, 2012.