June 2009


An asymmetrical suit designed by Luly Yang Couture to be worn by Ming Fang, of Ming and Rui, the Chinese strap aerialists featured in “Bottega ZinZanni – All Dressed Up with Someplace to Go,” opening at Teatro ZinZanni June 25th and playing through October 11, 2009. Ming is one-half of the “Fashion Police” and a member of Liliane’s entourage.

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Real men wear ruffles. Stunning in ruffles, Les Petits Frères Domitil  Aillot will wear this look designed by Luly Yang Couture in Bottega ZinZanni- All Dressed Up with Someplace to Go, an all-new show opening at Teatro ZinZanni June 25th and playing through October 11th, 2009.

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Last Friday two of Teatro ZinZanni’s artists, Sandra Feusi of Vertical Tango and Alexa Hukari, went down to Luly Yang’s studio for the final fitting of their costumes for the upcoming show, Bottega ZinZanni – All Dressed Up with Someplace to Go. On a lark when the final adjustments were made to their Luly Yang originals, both ladies decided to climb into the window display. No sooner had they struck a pose when traffic on 4th Avenue came to a total stand-still!

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RachelSketchThe Littlest Diva, Rachel DeShon plays the role of Gabby, the candy girl with fabulous pipes and the newest employee at Caesar’s fabulous club, Teatro ZinZanni.  Here’s a sketch for her Candy Girl outfit designed by TZ’s costume designer extraordinaire Louise DiLenge for our all-new show Bottega ZinZanni ~ All Dressed Up with Someplace to Go, opening this Thursday and playing through October 11, 2009.

The cast and crew of Teatro ZinZanni’s upcoming show, “Bottega ZinZanni – All Dressed Up with Someplace to Go” met for the first rehearsal today inside the spiegeltent. Here director Norm Langill makes introductions. In two short weeks an all-new show opens on Thursday, June 25 and plays through October 11, 2009.

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Interview with Norman Durkee and Giuseppe Grazioli

Once in a great while, if we’re lucky, we come across someone whose perspective of the world is so powerfully refreshing we yearn to learn more. In our pursuit of the world of fashion in Seattle we met Giuseppe Grazioli, a young designer whose understanding of fashion as a means of self-expression goes much deeper than mere embellishment.

Classically trained as an opera singer, Giuseppe is an associate designer for Luly Yang Couture. Born in Mantua, Italy, his mother was also an opera singer and his father a harpist who played at La Scala.

“My mother was always in the scene,” he told me. “She wore lame´ to go buy bread. Fashion is a how we tell the world who we are.”

While he may look like the brainier brother from ZZ Top when he’s seated at the keyboard, Teatro ZinZanni’s Musical Director Norman Durkee is a man of many cultivated interests. Music. Photography. Painting. Food.  And Fashion.  “I follow clothes,” he says. ”Clothing is an interesting metaphor.”

Recently when Norman accompanied opera singer Rachel DeShon to be fitted for her wedding gown at Luly Yang Couture, he struck up a lively conversation with Giuseppe about the history of fashion.  And when the fates determined that Luly Yang would collaborate with us on our new show, Bottega ZinZanni, Norman figured that the conversation had just begun.

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Here in this podcast the conversation continues as Norman and Giuseppe talk about everything from how to take care of silk worms to the music of Existentialism to the language of fabric and the search for perfection.

Interview with Norman Durkee and Giuseppe Grazioli

In our new show, Swiss acrobat Sandra Feusi of Vertical Tango plays a wonderfully obsessive compulsive dresser in Bottega ZinZanni. A member of Liliane’s entourage, Sandra (or Geraldine as she’s called) likes to fix everyone and everything up, and she’s pretty sure she’s better at it than this Angus character (played by her partner Sam, also of Vertical Tango), the tent’s backstage manager who somehow manages to always get in her way. Here is a sketch of Sandra’s runway dress designed by Luly Yang Couture. Bottega ZinZanni opens on Thursday and plays through October 11, 2009.

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