It’s less than two months until Anne Sofie von Otter’s recital at the RCM, just nine subway stops from where I’m typing this. I know what she’ll sing — of which in a later post — but what will she wear? Time to summon the Frock Committee.
The proximity of the little-covered holiday called Christmas got me thinking that she might wear her magnificent Pope Joan ensemble (pictures that the Prague Spring Festival won’t share, but Vatican is an exclusive style, I mean place). The red shoes are borrowed from this little known frock queen:
All the same, if it were up to me, I wouldn’t exactly choose that ensemble for this particular recital. You see, von Hotter concert wardrobe roughly divides into three categories:
As Dido with the BSO in Les Troyens (2008):
The Queen Mother of Sweden in an official visit to Norway:
This is interesting: Nunnery leaning towards Royalty
And the third category known as
Yes, OK, I know, this is a costume. But it had to be included. I have it on good authority of the Opus Arte’s official Tweeter that this indeed is von Otter, not a body double. So there. This is the closest any one will get to this particular vista.
This dress works anywhere, anytime, with or without the steel arm:
Goes to prove that the fabric doesn’t matter. The cut does. I am blinded. (And not because the photo is slightly overexposed: )
Another case of perfection:
Meanwhile. Anybody speaks Swedish? Desperately seeking a translator for THIS. (Reason No. 127 to adore ASvO: off stage, she dresses like Sue Sylvester.)