A magic collaboration for the most amazing show
Text: Maria Cecile Inglesi
Every New Year’s morning the first thing I do is to open the TV with one purpose, to see and hear the legendary Philharmonic Orchestra of Vienna. This time the concert got a high-fashion infusion when Vivienne Westwood brought her dramatic designs on stage. The Vienna State Ballet wore the costumes during the intermission of the New Year’s concert. For the waltz dancer Kathrin Menzinger wore a customized version of the silk taffeta Moon dress that originally appeared in Westwood’s spring 2014 Gold Label show, while her partner, Vadim Garbuzov, wore a black double-breasted jacket and black pants. During the intermission a film of the ballet company dancing at the Liechtenstein Palace showed us more of Vivienne Westwood costumes. Among them a burgundy tulle and taffeta gown, a romantic baby pink lace, tulle gown and a yellow-gold tulle, taffeta gown inspired by her 2005 spring collection. The ballet dancers also wore the designer’s characteristic mini tartan kilts and bustiers while they performed the polka. The house’s creative director (and Westwood’s husband) Austrian-born Andreas Kronthaler noted that he felt really honored when they asked to design the New Year’s Concert ballet costumes since the yearly event has been part of his Christmas memories since childhood.