CALLING ALL OPERA BUFFS: A PIECE OF THE METROPOLITAN OPERA CAN BE YOURS

NEW YORK, New York (12/2015) Clara Kasavina, acclaimed evening bag and fashion jewelry designer, has again been invited by New York’s Metropolitan Opera House to produce a trunk show in The Met Shop. It will take place on December 16th from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm and will feature Clara Kasavina’s exclusive evening bag designs created from Met costumes as well as jewelry incorporating SWAROVSKI® crystals from chandeliers that hung in the Old Met.

Clara Kasavina and her husband and design partner, Misha Berger, are the only designers entrusted with taking exquisite, often embroidered fabrics, from costumes worn in Met performances and turning them into beautiful evening bags. Thus, the costumes are given new life and new use. Among those being offered, in limited editions, are evening bags made from costumes worn by Olga Borodina, Dolora Zajick and Irina Mishura in Verdi’s Don Carlo.

These include:

  • A dramatic brick red velvet bag called Danielle featuring a hand-wrought frame set with SWAROVSKI® crystals and topped with a large crystal-encrusted round closure.
Danielle bag
  • Roberta, combining mustard-colored velvet with sequin embroidery on a pale ground and a lavish frame emblazoned with crystals.
  • Oxana, a brick red minaudiere enhanced with military-esque gold braiding and surmounted by a row of crystals.
  • An exquisite clutch called “Rita” wrought of gold Asian silk embroidered with delicate paisley and floral designs in red, blue and green from a costume worn by Sandra Piques Eddy in Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow.
Rita bag

In addition to the evening bags made from costumes, the couple has made some from one of the great curtains that hung at the Old Metropolitan Opera House. The fabric is a magnificent woven silk in soft gold.

Opera lovers can also wear a piece of jewelry that incorporates a many-faceted SWAROVSKI® crystal that was part of a chandelier from the Old Metropolitan Opera House. Items include:

  • A silver wire collar embracing a large SWAROVSKI® crystal hugged by little silver leaves.
  • A silver wire collar with a pendula crystal also capped by silver leaves.
  • A necklace featuring a crystal hung on a silver snake chain.
Silver Wire Collar-Swarovski Crystal

This will be Clara and Misha’s third trunk show at The Met and they have now developed a devoted following of audience members who have become customers and return time and again to see them.

Misha, born in the Ukraine, says, “Going to The Met is like saying hello to Marc Chagall.”  

Clara says, “The sumptuousness and glitter of the opera invite sumptuous bags and glittering jewelry.”