Wednesday 8 June 2011

Inspired by the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel, a fashion fairy tale of white frocks unfolds.

In Vogue magazine’s December 2009 interpretation of the Met’s production,

Hansel and Gretel

fry a Marc Jacobs clad wicked witch, Lady GaGa.

Starring actor Andrew Garfield and model Lily Cole, renowned photographer Annie Leibowitz has captured Grace Coddington’s reinterpretation of a classic fable…

I’m Famished Brother and sister are left at home alone and hungry by their stepmother. With not a morsel to eat, they go to pick berries in an enchanted forest.   Dolce & Gabbana cream silk-and-tulle dress.

Far From Home They venture out to hunt for wild strawberries in the woods, where Gretel’s lily-white frock shines against the dark foliage of the Tree-men. Before long, though, they’re hopelessly lost.  Tree-men costumes courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera. Dior pleated silk-chiffon dress.

Golden Slumber Having lost their way, children encounter strange and magical creatures, one of which lulls them: The Sandman (played here by Sasha Cooke, who has appeared in the Met’s production) sprinkles magic dust onto the frightened children, who fall into a deep sleep and dream about a banquet served by a fish maîtred’.   Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière wool-silk jacket. Chloé flats. Sandman and fish maître d’ costumes courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.

Wicked Waking up, Hansel and Gretel are led by a magic bird to a little house in the forest, made of cake and candy. However, the house belongs to an evil witch (portrayed here by Lady Gaga) who wishes to fatten and eat the children. Gretel looks sweet enough to eat in a poufy confection. But it’s Hansel the evil one wants to fatten up and feast on. On Lady Gaga: Marc Jacobs satin bra, slip silk blouse, and ruffled bloomer shorts. On Cole: Yves Saint Laurent embroidered silk poplin dress. Lady Gaga’s wig created by Julien D’Ys.

Feed the Flames Before the witch can cook Hansel and Gretel—whoosh—they push her into the oven and shut the door. From left: Oscar de la Renta bouclé tweed-and-chiffon dress. Marc Jacobs bonded-lamé belted jacket.

The Witch Is Dead!  The children (here, the Junior Choristers of Grace Church in New York City) baked into gingerbread by the hag come back to life, and celebrate, singing together. On returning home, the children find that their wicked stepmother has gone. A joyful reunion with their father and their new wealth gives the story a happy ending.  Nina Ricci silk satin pleated dress. Chloé flats.

Check out the video for behind the scene tidbits. According to the creative director, Grace Coddington

Lady Gaga arrived at Vogue to discuss the shoot wearing a trailing white chiffon Galliano goddess gown with a Philip Treacy headdress that spelled VOGUE in clipped white feathers. The following day, she came to see Creative Director Grace Coddington in a little black dress with a flaming-red wig, and later appeared on location, as Coddington recalls, “stark naked except for her white rubber raincoat and some very, very high heels!” She then promptly threw herself in the mud at Leibovitz’s feet.”Gaga was so bubbly and chatty and enthusiastic and excited to be alive,” says Coddington. “She was up for anything.” - Excerpt from the December 09 issue of Vogue

Inspired by Richard Jones’s production of the 1893 Engelbert Humperdinck opera  this story features:

Fashion Editor, Grace Coddington; hair, Julien D’Ys, using Mokuba Paris Ribbon; makeup, Gucci Westman for Revlon; production design, Mary Howard. Metropolitan Opera costumes designed by John Macfarlane.

In Vogue magazine’s December 2009 issue, renowned photographer Annie Leibowitz captures the images to go along with Grace Coddington’s reinterpretation of a classic fable..


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