Sofia Coppola Takes You Inside Valentino's "La Traviata"
Sofia Coppola made her operatic debut Monday night in Rome as the director of a new staging of Verdi’s La Traviata conceived by none other than Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti. The Oscar-winning filmmaker was enlisted by Valentino to join his production, staged in collaboration with the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, after he saw her 2006 film Marie Antoinette. Coppola was part of an all-star team of fashion and film experts for the project: Valentino designed Violetta’s costumes (the production's lead heroine), Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli did the costumes for Flora and the chorus (with help from the theater’s costume workshop), and Nathan Crowley (famous for his work with Christopher Nolan, including The Dark Knight) took on set design. Here, Coppola offers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at how it all came together.