Dries Van Noten designs costumes for dance-chamber opera Hagoromo, directed by David Michalek and commissioned by American Opera Projects, featuring Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto; world premiere at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Nov 3

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Dries VanNoten was commissioned to create costumes for the contemporary take on Japanese Noh theatre, Hagoromo. 

"The ancient tale of Hagoromo involves a desolate island and the fateful encounter between a poor fisherman and a fallen angel. Dries Van Noten started the design process by looking at the costumes that were traditionally used for this type of performance as well as the color combinations used for kimono designs. For Wendy Whelan, Dries created a feather printed costume, inspired by the Hagoromo, a sacred cloth, and for Jock Soto a fish printed outfit. All other performers wear stark outfits in plain colors to meld with the raw minimal set.


This is Dries Van Noten second design collaboration with contemporary dance, the first being in 2001 with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker for her work “Rain”, first performed in Brussels and later at the Op

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.