Milan’s La Scala exhibits historic costumes

10 Oct-4 Feb 2018. Costumes from the 1930s to today.

The popular exhibition of 24 extraordinary stage costumes chosen from the huge archive conserved in Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and restored especially for the occasion has just been extended until 4 February.

In four thematic sections, the exhibition which is in Sale degli Arazzi of the Palazzo Reale celebrates the history and identity of the La Scala from the 1930s to the present day.

Every costume recalls the creation of legendary roles and performances directed by iconic figures such as Visconti, Strehler, Ronconi, Wilson, Carsen and many others. The garments were worn by super divas such as Callas, Tebaldi, Fracci and Nureyev.

The setting evokes a theatrical stage extending over four rooms with a runway show of costumes illuminated as if they were part of the scene, set against a background depicting great performers, in an elegant overlay of images.

The exhibition and the restoration of the precious garments has been organised by the Association Amici della Scala to celebrate 40 years of activity, underpinning its commitment to promote La Scala’s historic heritage. The exhibit is curated by Anusc Castiglioni, Luca Scarzella and Massimo Zanelli.

Entry to the exhibition is free of charge. It is open on Monday 14.30 – 22.30, Tuesday to Sunday 09.30 – 20.00 and additionally on Thursday and Saturday until 22.30.