A Look Through Opera’s Fashion Runway

This story is part of a series of 50 stories we are releasing to commemorate 50 years of opera in West Michigan. Browse more stories and follow our journey throughout the season.


With New York Fashion Week upon us, we revisit some of the most stylish patrons of New York’s venerable opera house.

The Metropolitan Opera is known for its elaborate costume design on the stage, but for celebrity and elite patrons attending the opera, what’s worn to the performance is just as important. The opera house understands this well, and has taken the initiative of featuring the fashions of its opera attendees through “Last Night at the Met” social media platforms.

Browse the entire gallery here.


OUR FOUNDERS HAD A BOLD PROPOSITION: to build a professional opera company that would put Grand Rapids on the map for a very discerning audience. 50 years later, we are humbled to be the modern bearers of classical standards and modern ingenuity. Learn more.



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