It's going to be a special day this Saturday, February 27th at the Metropolitan Opera. Puccini's Manon Lescaut will delight matinée lovers, and an exceptional Madame Butterfly will wow the evening opera crowd. But there's something just as fabulous to be seen that day in the Metropolitan Opera Shop. Clara Kasavina returns for another trunk show of her remarkable designs from 12-8 pm.
These are all made from the Met's own costumes, curtains, and chandeliers, including material from the Old Met, which was torn down in the sixties. What a remarkable partnership!
Do you know what the old chandeliers were called? Sputniks. A gift from the Austrian government, they were designed by Hans Herald Roth for J. & L. Lobmeyr of Vienna. These extraordinary "satellite" chandeliers were named after the famed Russian space vehicles and were made with genuine Swarovski crystal, some of remarkable size, all of remarkable clarity and sparkle.
Our Sputnik hung in the lobby of the Met from 1966 until 2008, when all the Sputniks were replaced.
We treasure our authenticating letter from the Met confirming that ours is an original Sputnik. And now you can treasure the remarkable pieces of history that these handbags represent, designed by Clara Kasavina and sold exclusively at the Met Opera Shop. Stop by on Saturday, meet the designer, and hold a piece of history in your hands.