Fabio Zambernardi – Design Director of Prada and Miu Miu – is the man behind the costumes of David Hallberg the principal dancer for the Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, in celebration of the performance Fortuna Desperata by Francesco Vezzoli, launching on the Opening Night of Performa 2015 on Sunday November 1st, 2015 in New York. The performance represents the Renaissance dance in its purest historic form: Francesco Vezzoli and David Hallberg use the 15th Century Italian court dance as a point of departure, brought to you in a historical landmark in New York City, St. Bart’s  church. Fortuna Desperata interprets the conceptual language of the Renaissance dance and gets to the heart of it by considering dance as a spectacle for audiences.

On occasion of this Prada followed meticulous sewing and finishing processes in creating the costume with fine-tailoring techniques. Classic materials, such as the main black natté woollen fabric or the pink duchesse of the lining, were combined with modern and minimalistic fabrice, like ciré bonded with jersey. Embellished with stones and crystals, Francesci Vezzoli says himself: “The costume which Prada has made for David Hallberg is the perfect metaphor for his Fortuna Desperata performance. Its pseudo-renaissance style is philological, yet the materials are ultra-modernist. Like the dance steps that Hallberg will perform, his costume will seem like a futuristic version of a painting by Beato Angelico.”

FORTUNA DESPERATA
By Francesco Vezzoli and David Hallberg
A Performa Commission
Sunday, November 1, 2015
St. Bart’s Church, 325 Park Avenue