24 de setembro de 2020

Gotic Opera Capes

Have you ever been to the opera? When you attend the opera, what do you wear? Whatever fancy dress attire that you wear can be enhanced by a beautiful lace cloak, a Gothic cape, or a lovely Gothic shawl. When we go to an opera, we generally are feeling fancy since the opera is not a light occasion, and it is standardized that we get all dolled up before entering the opera house. When I think of opera, I think of gowns, tuxedos, mini binoculars with a handle, and artistic singing. 

    Opera is an art form — the performers in an opera act through their singing. There are rarely spoken lines in opera as most everything is performed through hauntingly beautiful songs, accompanied by an orchestra. Opera knows how to capture your emotions and let them take flight. The singing is very different from what you would hear in a musical. It often denotes tragedy and a dramatic flare in such a way that it leaves its audience in sheer awe. The storytelling is vastly different from seeing a play. You have to be paying close attention to the arias being sung. The choreography in opera is intense, and it's a big piece of the puzzle that is the tale performed. Opera is taken in different ways by diverse people, as it is a subjective art form up for interpretation. When I have seen opera, such as Madama Butterfly, I understood it differently than my friend who saw it with me. 

    Within the opera, choral members are singing the background music, an orchestra, conductor, dancers, soloists, light specialists, and sound producers along with all the backstage people make it all possible. A staged show is a massive production in any form, but operas tend to go the extra mile with their sets and choreography. Even to watch the dancing by itself would be a whole show. 

    The volume of training that the singers and dancers go through is insane, and their voices and bodies need to be in the best shape possible. The opera singers need to able to project their voices into the audience, which takes time to learn. An opera singer needs complete control over their voice. Technique is exceedingly crucial to opera. Opera is a study. You're not born with control and technique because that is a learned skill. Opera singers need to study languages as you will notice many operas are in a different language such as Italian, French, or Russian. 

    The dancers of opera have weight and height requirements. Dancing professionally means a lot of time spent in dance classes such as ballet, plenty of gym time, and perfect balance and coordination. Dancing takes confidence. You can tell when a dancer is not confident because this is when mistakes start to take over. Once dancers begin to second guess themselves, that's when the trouble starts. Self-discipline is a massive factor in dance. A dancer in an opera must also learn different styles of dance. 

    An opera cape can be either short or long, though a floor-length cape would then be considered a cloak. Opera capes were worn by both men and women differently styled. The men's capes were generally black to go with their tailed suits. The clasp was in the front, sleeveless, and could be colored on the inside. Today we don't see a lot of men wearing opera capes, though they're very dapper and in my opinion and should still be worn.

Today we have more choices for our opera wear. We have shawls, cloaks, capes, jackets, and blazers. It is more fashionable these days to have a shorter styled cape. A delicate layer of fabric to tie your fancy attire together and provide a sheath of lace, a pat of cashmere, or a tasteful amount of wool. Many materials can be used to create your elegant opera outer layer — cashmere, polyester, wool, velvet, silk, satin, cotton, etc. It's really about what you think you would be most comfortable wearing. You can find them in most colors imaginable now. 

    How does one dress for the opera today? For the men, a striking tuxedo or a dashing suit will suffice with a tie and shined dress shoes. I would do a white, button-down shirt under the tuxedo jacket. On the opening night of an opera performance, it is customary to wear a white tie. For men's accessories, there are a few choices, such as a nice watch or cuff-links. For women, many go for a floor-length dress, a clutch purse for holding your personal items, and some style of opera cape. For hair, I would suggest soft curls framing your face or an up-do of some sort. For accessories to take to the opera, you could do earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. For shoes, you could do stilettos, flats, platform shoes. Dare to be fashionable! 

These articles of clothing come in handy for more than just the opera. You could wear the blazers, jackets, Gothic capes, and shawls to ceremonies, weddings, or special occasions. 

    Gothic capes come in handy for cosplay as your favorite characters. Want to be a wizard? Wear that cape. These capes are fantastical pieces of fabric that could make you feel like a king or a queen. The capes bring costumes together and add a realistic touch. When buying a Gothic cape or shawl, you don't want to go super cheap as the blend of fabrics are not very well put together in most cases. I was Little Red Riding Hood one year for Halloween and bought the cheapest cape I could find. After not even an hour of putting the cape on, the clasp broke, and the material started to rip. You should get a cape you can use again and again for different things. 

When comparing long Gothic cloaks to Gothic capes, the capes are shorter, which means less pro
bability of tripping over the fabric. A cape seems more sensible than a long cloak for somewhere like the opera because it adds to your fancy dress attire without looking out of place. Lace, velvet, and cashmere are the most lavish fabrics, thus making your opera outfit the talk of the town. 

    Don't enter the opera house without getting yourself a Gothic cape or shawl. Let yourself feel like royalty for a night and treat yourself to the fascinating world that is opera. Let the crescendo of the music make you feel as majestic as an eagle, wise as an owl, and as passionate as a phoenix.

8 comentários:

  1. Eu adorei conhecer o estilo, não sou muito fã de ópera e nem do estilo gótico, mas admiro a perfeição deles em serem tão perfeccionistas nos detalhes. Deixa as roupas tão elegantes!
    Diário da Lady

  2. Não conhecia este segmento, mas adorei... cheio de detalhes!

    Um abraço,

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