Fashion and Opera. When I think of these two words, the first thing that come to mind is Julia Roberts wearing the jaw dropping, floor sweeping, red gown to the opera designed by Marilyn Vance in Pretty Woman. How unbelievable that dress was and still is when I watch that movie!
And with that being said, let us talk about Fashion and Opera. There technically is not a “dress code” when you attend the opera, however, history has showed us that it’s not very common to wear jeans and a tee shirt to a show. Personally, I love the idea of getting dressed up with your date. Men in slacks and a button down shirt, maybe even in black tie attire, or if you want to go dramatic, a tuxedo will definitely do the trick. Now for you ladies, the sky is the limit when it comes to what you can wear. Yes, the red dress Julia Roberts wore would be on the higher end of the wardrobe ladder, however, something as simple as what I call the “emergency dress” (Little Black Dress), you can’t go wrong with. Mid to floor length gowns are more appropriate to wear. Typically, show times for the opera are in the evening, so if you say to yourself or the sales associate helping you out at your favorite store “evening, cocktail attire”, they should be able to lead you to the right direction.
Opening night for the opera is the most important night, because they are presenting a show that will leave you wanting more and coming back to see the line up. Depending on the location of the theatre, opening night can also attract big name celebrities, critics, media, etc. If you’re lucky enough to attend the opening night, that is when I would say, dress dramatic, be colorful and appropriate at the same time.
I am definitely looking forward to the opening night of our very own Opera San Jose starting the 2011-2012 season with Idomeneo, Mozart’s first masterpiece, September 10 – 25, 2011. You can see the season’s line up at www.operasj.org.