Last year, lace topped the list as one of the biggest trends we saw in audition wear. Kim and our friend, Morgan from Wolf Trap Opera, commented on the prevalence of lace (especially in white) and jumpsuits popping up in their annual tour of auditions last fall.  

If you follow fashion and trends, lace is not new and is not going anywhere any time soon. Lace was developed in the 16th century around the same time that the first opera was performed in Florence. (In case you were wondering, it was an opera by Jacopo Peri, who would later collaborate with Giulio Caccini to compose Euridice just three years later.) The preeminent lace making centers were in Flanders, France and of course Italy. The process involved artists who would draw the pattern on parchment paper and then others who would take a single needle and thread to create this luxurious textile.

Today, with technology the lacemaking process has evolved. Some lace is still made using the original techniques, and sometimes techniques such as laser cutting of fabrics are used to create the illusion of lace. Here are some divas rocking one of fashion’s first great trends.

Suzanne Vinnik-Richards in a laser cut, off the shoulder dress paired with Neon Beautiful Design #fringegang earrings by soprano Tracy Cox.

Photo Credit: Kaleigh Rae Photography.

Alexandra Schenk, a mezzo-soprano and 2016 graduate of AVA in Philadelphia from her Wolf Trap Audition at Opera America wearing the white lace dress that inspired this feature.

Photo Credit: S. Richards Photography

Maeve Höglund in a Tadashi one-shoulder chantilly lace dress, perfect for an audition and can be worn day and night.

Photo Credit: S. Richards Photography

Hair & Make-up: Bombshell Studios NYC

 

Elizabeth Novella in a lace blouse that would be perfect for a musical rehearsal or a Sitzprobe from our #fringegang shoot in collaboration with Neon Beautiful Design.

Photo Credit: S. Richards Photography

 

Maria Natalie in a red lace gown, perfect for the stage,

paired with “Sparkle Twins” Swarovsky Crystal Heels.

Photo Credit: S. Richards Photography 

Hair & Make-up: Bombshell Studios

Location: Vondom Showroom in the D & D Building

Megan Pachecano in a navy blue vintage lace dress with fur trim, in a throwback look that is as relevant today as it was in the mid-century.

Sold on Opera Diva Dress Collection

Photo Credit: Kaleigh Rae Photography.

Jessica Rose Cambio in an electric blue dress provided by Leah Yakubov from the Tadashi Shoji line.

Photo Credit: Kaliegh Rae Photography

Location: Vondom Showroom in the D & D Building

Ginger Costa-Jackson in a white lace romper, designed by Yumi Kim,

that would make a perfect opening night celebratory look.

Photo Credit: S. Richards Photography

Location: Vondom Showroom in the D&D Building