How long has it been since you’ve been to the Seattle Opera? If it’s been awhile, then you’re missing all of the fun. The newest tradition to hit the Red Carpet Opening Night is to dress up. You’re probably thinking, isn’t that what you always do when you go to the Opera? Isn’t the Opera known for giving us a reason to indulge in champagne and fancy dress? Absolutely, but not like this.
On February 22nd, the Seattle Opera invites patrons to celebrate the latest production, The Consul, through clothes.
What does this mean exactly? It’s pretty much the best kind of theme party. The Consul, set in the late 40’s and 50’s, tells a dramatic mid-century American story through words, music and costumes. Of course, we can’t partake in the music, but we can dress up like the actors. Also, when has any Opera ever encouraged their audience to become part of the overall experience? Definitely a dream occasion for anyone who loves fashion.
The first thing that comes to anyone's mind when they're faced with any kind of occasion that has a dress code, is what to wear. You might be thinking that you don’t have anything from that era. This may come as a surprise, but a lot of your closet is due to the fashion revolution that occurred during that time.
The 1950’s has been hailed as the decade that started it all. For the first time fads surfaced, teens became players in the fashion game and celebrities took their place as fashion icons.
So if the only thing holding you back from going to The Consul is that you have nothing to wear, here a few ideas.
These Hollywood names should be familiar, but even if they’re not their style influence lives on. Audrey Hepburn had the elegance in the stapled style down. In 1953’s Sabrina she introduced us to the classic white shirt. A few of her other influences such as ballet flats and large dark sunglasses are still alive and popular today.
Let’s not forget Grace Kelly, an elegant style icon, who was the first to make casual wear popular. Her stylish go to’s such as capri pants, shirt dresses, jeans and head scarves are most likely some of your favorite things in your closet too. But if you’re looking for inspiration to get fancy take a cue from her style in 1953’s Rear Window.
For the gentlemen, Cary Grant is the cool man in a suit. Do you have a sports coat hanging in your closet? That’s what Cary would wear if he was going to see The Consul.
If you’re more in tune with James Dean or Marlon Brando, who were fashion icons in the latter part of the 50’s then you probably have a leather jacket and a white t-shirt that can easily be styled with a simple roll of the sleeves.
There should be one thing from your closet that is perfect to wear to the Red Carpet Opening of The Consul. If you need some more ideas, check out the Seattle Opera Blog.
Now, who’s excited to go to the Opera? The Consul runs through March 7th. Don’t miss your chance to dress up.