Currently we present sought-after works by: Christian Berard, Elsa Schiaparelli, Marcel Vertes, Rene Bouche, Lila De Nobili, Irene Sharaff, Theoni Aldredge, Martin Pakledinaz, Alina Panova, Dante Ferretti, Beni Montresor, Eugene Berman, Ming Cho Lee.
LILA DE NOBILI
The name of Lila de Nobili (3/9/1916 - 19/2/2002) has become linked to theatrical and operatic creations that have set their stamp on the aesthetic values of stage design in post-war Europe.
Born in Castagnola (Lugano, Switzerland), of an Italian father, the scion of an old family of La Spezzia, and of a mother of Hungarian-Jewish origin-her mother's brother was the well-known painter Marcel Vertès (1895-1961)-Lila de Nobili spent her childhood years in a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
After studying painting in Rome and Paris, she collaborated with Vogue on the illustration of haute couture collections. From 1947 on she devoted herself to the performing arts-the theatre, opera, dance, cinema etc.- designing stage sets and costumes, all of which bore her personal mark and exuded a special, poetic magic.
After 1973 she gave up stage designing to return to painting. In an environment in which famous personalities abounded, she chose to lead a discrete existence, both in her private life and in her art, remaining a symbol of high artistic creativity.
Her work in the theatre was marked by a number of mythical performances in the greatest theatres in Europe-La Scala of Milan and Spoleto in Italy, the Comédie Française and the National Opera of Paris in France, Covent Garden and Stratford-upon-Avon in England- and collaborations with such theatrical giants as the directors Luchino Visconti, Franco Zeffirelli, Peter Hall, Peter Wood, Raymond Rouleau, Tony Richardson, the stage director and musician Gian Carlo Menotti, the choreographer Frederick Ashton, the dancer and choreographer Jean Babilée (L’homme à la peau de serpent, Sable), the prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn (Οndine),Maria Callas (La Traviata), the singer Edith Piaf (Le bel indifférent), the actors Charles Laughton (A Midsummer's Night Dream), Arletty (A Streetcar Named Desire) Ingrid Bergman (Hedda Gabbler), Audrey Hepburn (Gigi) among many others.
THEONI V. ALDREDGE
Theoni V. Aldredge (1922-2011) a preeminent costume designer in theater and film who created wardrobes for more than 300 productions over nearly 50 years. Know for her versatility as a costumer, Aldredge received an Oscar for her work on the 1974 film “The Great Gatsby.” She also won three Tony Awards for designs for the Broadway plays “Annie,” “Barnum” and “La Cage aux Folles” in the 1970s and 1980s.
Her costumes inspired many fashion designers, including Ralph Lauren, who assisted on “Gatsby.” The lavish, 1920-influenced designs on that film — including Robert Redford’s dapper white suits, and Mia Farrow’s romantic drop-waist dresses — jumped off the screen.
Aldredge also designed high-fashion costumes for the 1978 thriller “The Eyes of Laura Mars,” in which Faye Dunaway plays a fashion photographer wearing a plaid cape and fedora. “Laura Mars” has become such a cult fashion film that designer Marios Schwab cited it as an influence for his fall 2010 collection for Halston. On Broadway more than a thousand Aldredge designs appeared simultaneously in 1984 in five musicals: “A Chorus Line,” “Dreamgirls,” “La Cage aux Folles,” “The Rink” and “42nd Street.” For many years, she was the principal designer for Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival.Papp once observed that Aldredge did not create costumes so much as “real clothing that develops out of character.” In Hollywood she designed the costumes for nearly 40 feature films, including “Sweet Bird of Youth”, “, “Network” and “Moonstruck”.
Her work also encompassed ballet, opera, television and Las Vegas stage shows.
MING CHO LEE
One of the foremost set designers in America, his extensive credits include work in opera, theatre, and dance.
Born in Shanghai, Mr. Lee attended Occidental College and UCLA. He has worked with many leading American dance companies, including Martha Graham, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Eliot Feld Ballet, Jose Limon and Pacific Northwest Ballet. From 1962 through 1973, he was the principal designer for Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival.
He has designed sets for opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera. He has also designed for theatre groups including Arena Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Guthrie Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, and for Broadway. Internationally, Mr. Lee has designed productions for Covent Garden (London), Hamburgische Staatsoper, Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Royal Danish Ballet, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre (Taipei), the Hong Kong Cultural Center, and Buhnen Graz (Austria).
His numerous awards and distinctions include a Tony Award, an Obie for sustained achievement, New York Drama Desk and New York and Los Angeles Outer Circle Critics Awards, three honorary doctorates, awards for long-term achievement from 6 major theatre and opera organizations, membership in the Theatre Hall of Fame, and the Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture from New York City. His work has been shown in two separate retrospectives at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and in Taipei.
Ming has had a greater influence on American scenography than any other contemporary designer.
Alina Panova is a multidisciplinary artist, stage and screen designer. Panova's designs have contributed to the look of film, stage and theater. As a stage and screen designer Panova began her work in the world of opera and ballet, and subsequently established herself as a costume designer in Hollywood. She collaborated with leading artists, directors and performers of film and stage.
Alina Panova was born in Kiev, Ukraine to a family with Russian, Polish, and Jewish roots. She studied at the Shevchenko State Shool of Fine Arts in Kiev, and Cooper Union School of Art in New York after her family moved to the United States. In New York she became a protege of the legendary Theoni Aldredge with whom she established a long-term professional collaboration. Panova's designs include numerous Hollywood films, as well as Broadway and West End musicals, operas and ballets. In the world of opera, Panova's mentor was a renowned Italian director/author/designer Beni Montresor with whom she worked with on many international productions. Panova's set and costumes designs have been seen in major opera houses around the world, including: Paris Opera, La Scala, the San Francisco Opera and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Panova's long list of stage designs also include West End musicals "Chess" and "Ziegfeld" as well as Broadway productions of "Gypsy" , "Blithe Spirit" and "Nick and Nora". In Hollywood films her costume designs have been seen in "Addams Family Values" (Academy Award Nomination), "The Naked Man"( written/roduced by Ethan Coen), and "Bruiser", directed by cult horror director George Romero.
One of Panova's big passions is the world of ballet. Having worked with some of the greatest dancers of our time, and designing numerous ballet productions, she also spent many hundreds of hours drawing, painting and "chronicling" the life of dancers on stage and off. This resulted in the impressive body of work that includes numerous portraits, drawings, class sketches and studies of Rudolph Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov and others.
One of Broadway's most prolific costume designers, Martin Pakledinaz, whose work was nominated for 10 Tony Awards. His career spanned more than three decades, covering theater, ballet and opera. He earned his first Tony nomination in 1997 for the musical The Life and his Nice Work If You Can Get It, the Gershwin musical.
Pakledinaz won Tony Awards in 2000 for Kiss Me, Kate and in 2002 for Thoroughly Modern Millie. Other shows for which he was nominated include the 2008 Gypsy revival starring Patti LuPone; Blithe Spirit in 2009, with Rupert Everettand Angela Lansbury; and Cole Porter's Anything Goes in 2011, one of a string of productions on which he collaborated with director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall.
Born in 1953, Pakledinaz grew up in Sterling Heights, Mich., and went to Wayne State University in Detroit, studying directing before focusing on design. He was later accepted into the masters program at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He moved to New York in 1977, working for established designers including the legendary Theoni V. Aldredge, whom he acknowledged as a mentor, calling her his "mother-in-design."
After costuming his first Broadway production, Inacent Black, in 1981, he worked on both plays and musicals. Among his many credits were major productions of The Pajama Game, Lend Me a Tenor, Master Class, The Normal Heart, Wonderful Town and Anna Christie.
He worked frequently Off-Broadway, notably on the 2010 revival of The Glass Menagerie, starring Judith Ivey, and The Trip to Bountiful in 2005, with Lois Smith. He also designed costumes for the 2011 Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular.
While he designed for both modern and classical ballet, Pakledinaz's longest association in the dance world was with the choreographer Mark Morris and his company, creating costumes for many popular works including The Hard Nut. He also worked with San Francisco Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet, among others.
His extensive work in opera included Stephen Wadsworth's Metropolitan Opera remounting of Iphigenie en Tauride with Placido Domingo and he had a long collaboration with opera director Peter Sellars