Prada sketch for Fortuna Desperata

Prada has designed the costume that will be worn by dancer David Hallberg on Sunday night in the new work, “Fortuna Desperata,” a Performa Commission by Francesco Vezzoli and Hallberg.

It is a one-night-only performance at St. Bart’s Church in New York, for the opening of Performa 15 — a three-week biennial of performance art across the city.

Hallberg is the principal dancer for the Bolshoi Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. In the dance, Vezzoli and Hallberg explore the 15th century Italian court dance.

“The costume which Prada has made for David Hallberg is the perfect metaphor for his ‘Fortuna Desperata’ performance. Its pseudo-Renaissance style is philological, yet the materials are ultramodernist. Like the dance steps that Hallberg will perform, his costume will seem like a futuristic version of a painting by Beato Angelico,” Vezzoli said.

Fabio Zambernardi, design director of Prada and Miu Miu, created Hallberg’s costume.

The costume is made of black natte woolen fabric with pink duchesse lining. The fabric is bonded with crinoline, which was traditionally used for men’s coats, and with duchesse to hold the shape. The costume also has embroidery made of stones, crystals and hand-folded fabrics. Both embroidery and the costume are entirely hand-made.

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