Comme des Garcons does the costumes for Olga Neuwirth’s Orlando commissioned by Wiener Staatsoper

Dear Shaded Viewers,

On December 8th Olga Neuwirth’s opera Orlando will have its world premiere at the Vienna State Opera. The Vienna State Opera Director Dominique Meyer commissioned the opera from the Austrian composer in 2014. The liberettists are the Franco-American author and playwright Catherine Filloux and composer Olga Neuwirth.

Orlando is Virginia Woolf’s first big literary success. The central theme of the novel is the interlocking of gender identity, love and artistic creativity. Personal and social realities are crafted in a poetic and cunning way.

The original story ends in 1928 this exploration of time and gender continues right up to the year 2019. It is an opera in 19 scenes.

The costumes are designed by Rei Kawakubo, the founder of Comme des Garcons. The world premiere itself will mark the third act of the project “transformation and liberation”, inspired by Orlando: the first act was a presentation of first ideas at Paris Fashion Week in June 2019, the second act has been a presentation of the ORLANDO collection by Comme des Garcons at Paris Fashion Week in September 2019.

The world premiere of Orlando on Sunday, December 8 will be broadcast live on Radio 01 (+EBU)

The performance on December 18 will be braodcast in HD worldwide via WIENER STAATSOPER live at home (


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.