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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Opening-Weekend Outfits at the S.F. Opera

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 7:30 AM


Opening night at the San Francisco Opera and the Black and White Ball are probably the two top events in the city for dressing up (in formal attire, as opposed to fancy or wild costume or drag, for which there's an event at least every other week). It's an off year for the B&W Ball, but Friday's gala for Puccini's Turandot, as well as Saturday's premier of Christopher Theofanidis's Heart of a Soldier, gave us more than enough to gawk at. For instance, we are happy to see such a flamboyant hat at the opera as is perched atop the above lady's temple, but also happy we didn't sit behind her. This was a headdress surpassed only by that of Turandot herself.

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The lady on the right wore a gorgeous gown of bunched rose designs in scarlet chiffon. Many women who wore such lavish gowns, however, could not "pack" their gowns' trains as they sat in the house's cramped seats anywhere but in their laps, and for some, the piled material rose higher than the seatback in front of them. We suspect that this was one of those gowns (we also believe such gorgeousity is worth the inconvenience). Also, having met a newlywed who swore that that this was the same gown as the one she married in, we also like to think that this lady dyed her dress, Turandot-style, in the blood of failed suitors.

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