Born from Riccardo Tisci’s long-standing friendship with world-renowned performance artist Marina Abramović, Burberry has created the costumes for her new opera entitled ‘7 Deaths of Maria Callas’ – inspired by the eponymous soprano singer. Every custom piece was designed exclusively for each of the seven chapters of this emotive, conceptual work about the pain of heartbreak.
Every intricate design has its own distinctive aesthetic, helping to bring each of the opera’s seven chapters to life. A bold red Toledo jacket is highlighted in light-catching crystal embroidery – inspired by the famed opera ‘Carmen’. For the finale, a gold micro-sequinned high-neck gown is articulated with dramatic two-and-a-half-metre sleeve panels.
Riccardo Tisci and Marina Abramović discuss their relationship, their admiration for each other’s work and their shared collaborative journey.