Burberry’s Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci created the costumes for Marina Abramović’s latest project 7 Deaths of Maria Callas. Every piece has been designed exclusively for each chapter of the opera, performed at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.
Marina Abramović developed the opera with the composer Marko Nikodijević – using famous Callas scenes from Carmen, Tosca, Otello, Lucia di Lammermoor, Norma, Madama Butterfly and La Traviata, to illuminate the dramatic and tragic life of the American-born Greek soprano. The project combines the elements of video with performance art and music.
For Carmen, Tisci dreamed up a red oversized crepe Torero jacket glistening with crystal embroidery.
For Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor Riccardo invented a pearl satin gown with floral motifs encrusted with chantilly lace and accompanied by a floor-sweeping mask-veil.
Norma by Bellini is interpreted with a white silk crepe de chine shirt and black tuxedo trousers, worn with an oversized fringed scarf in black silk twill and brogues in monochrome leather.
For Desdemona in Otello, a sleeveless dress in hand-woven sheer mesh with teardrop crystals.
The final look consisted of an articulated gold sequin high neck dress with panels on the sleeves for a dramatic dimension, worn with pink satin pointy pumps.
“I am a romantic dreamer at my core, so this was a very easy project to get involved with. The subject is one of love in all its forms, from the light to the dark. Marina is one of my great personal loves and I feel privileged to call her my friend and my family,” said Tisci. “She is one of the world’s most daring and brave artists, and it’s an incredible honor to collaborate with her once again on a subject that is so close to both of our hearts,” added the fashion designer.
In effect, the costume design for 7 Deaths of Maria Callas was the fruit of a collaboration between close friends Marina Abramović and Riccardo Tisci – a joint creative experience were dramatic, theatrical costumes were reinterpreted through a modern lens. To many people, Callas is the definition of a Diva, a singer so gifted that Leonard Bernstein called her “the Bible of opera.”.
Photos: Burberry and Marco Anelli