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Rodarte At The LA Phil: Mulleavy Sisters Design Costumes For Opera Characters (PHOTOS)

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Rodarte has designed elaborate costumes for three characters in the LA Philharmonic's production of Mozart's opera, "Don Giovanni."

Fashion's star sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, are bringing their ethereal style to the LA Philharmonic.

The Rodarte sisters have designed elaborate costumes, displayed in the slideshow below, for three characters in the philharmonic's production of Mozart's opera, "Don Giovanni." The costumes include headpieces, wigs and over 130,000 Swarovski crystals, Styleite reports. That's enough bling for even viewers in nose-bleed seats to admire!

Kate said about creating the designs, "It took a while to understand the characters, their motivations and what we wanted to visualize. Frank [Gehry, who's doing production design for the opera] told us from the beginning that it was about the music, and our job was to help that," TIME reports.

Laura added, "The costumes are the kind of thing that you want to lift the music — you don't want to compete or kill it. This music is so powerful throughout."

Before this project, the Mulleavy sisters designed the ballet costumes for "Black Swan" and recently displayed at LACMA dresses inspired by a monk's frescoes.

"Don Giovanni," led by Gustavo Dudamel, will be performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on May 18, 20, 24 and 26.

Click through the Mulleavys' sketches for a sneak preview of the costumes that will soon come alive on stage:

Photos courtesy of Rodarte's Facebook:

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  • Zerlina Concept Design with Swarovski Elements by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte for the LA Philharmonic Don Giovanni opera.

  • Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, and Don Ottavio "Disguise" Concept Design by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte for the LA Philharmonic Don Giovanni opera.

  • Zerlina Concept Design with Swarovski Elements by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte for the LA Philharmonic Don Giovanni opera.

  • Donna Anna Concept Design with Swarovski Elements by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte for the LA Philharmonic Don Giovanni opera.

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