New Years’ Concert through the eyes of a young fashion talent
Photo @ Arthur Arbesser
It was the first time that the young Milan-based fashion designer Arthur Arbesser created costumes for a ballet, and what he designed for the traditional Austrian New Year’s Concert 2019 was quite spectacular.
The talented Viennese designer, who moved to Milan after graduating from Central Saint Martins College for Art and Design, launched his eponymous fashion label five years ago. Arbesser is already well-known for his vibrant creations inspired by the Austrian turn-of-the-century artists like Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka and the Wiener Werkstatte.
For the New Year’s Ballet 2019, Arbesser started designing the costumes even before knowing which would be the music for this year’s concert. He created for the TV's New Year programme different looks for the five couples who danced the waltz “Artist Life” at the Vienna State Opera House, as the designer felt they would be different characters.
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For the four couples who danced “Knight Pasman ” by Johann Strauss at the Grafenegg Castle, Arbesser opted for costumes in strong colours to create a sharp contrast with the castle that already has different styles itself. The Russian choreographer Andrey Kaydanovskiy wanted to express with the ballet, and the costumes, the feeling that one is in 2019 and not 1867. The successful collaboration between the two young artists gave a new impulse to the ballet.