Steve Clare, Seattle’s Examiner.com Fine Arts editor, recently published his interview with Luly Yang about her collaboration with Teatro ZinZanni on our current show, Bottega ZinZanni. Read the interview here.

Back in April, Teatro ZinZanni collaborated with Luly Yang Couture on an advance photoshoot for Bottega ZinZanni. We hired Michael Doucett and took Luly’s gorgeous butterfly dress to his Pioneer Square studio where we captured some stunning images. The video below is a behind-the-scenes look at the shoot.

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.

Domotil Entry look

Teatro ZinZanni Announces Artistic Collaboration
with Renowned International Fashion Designer Luly Yang Couture

Thirteen Original Luly Yang Couture Designs To debut in “Bottega ZinZanni,”
An All-New Show Starring Liliane Montevecchi & Frank Ferrante, Opening June 25

Butterfly Dress by Luly Yang Couture

Butterfly Dress by Luly Yang Couture

Seattle – Teatro ZinZanni’s Artistic Director Norm Langill announced today a new artistic collaboration with International Fashion Designer Luly Yang for the upcoming June show Bottega ZinZanni – All Dressed Up with Some Place to GoLuly Yang Couture will create thirteen original couture designs. An affectionate send-up of the world of high fashion, Bottega ZinZanni – All Dressed Up with Some Place to Go plays June 25 through October 11, 2009.

“At Teatro ZinZanni we collaborate with many artists in the concept and creation of our shows. With the return of the legendary Liliane Montevecchi to our stage, I wanted to explore the creation of her new character, an equally legendary fashion designer,” said Langill. “Luly Yang’s name came forward from multiple sources. From the moment we met, I knew that she was the perfect person to create Liliane’s character’s work.”

Since 2000, Luly Yang has been celebrated for her elegant and timeless bridal gowns and evening ensembles for ladies and gentlemen created with the most luxurious silks and the finest fabrics. Voted “Seattle’s Best Dress Designer” for five consecutive years by Seattle Bride Magazine, she is also the recipient of the “Best Dress Boutique and Best Bridal Accessories” Award.  In 2007 Luly received the prestigious Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year award. With headquarters here in Seattle, Luly Yang Couture recently opened a second salon in Beijing in November 2008.

Born and raised in Taiwan, Luly Yang comes from an artistic family, consisting of a classical Chinese artist, an engineer, designers and architects. Her decision to pursue design was a natural outgrowth of her upbringing. She continued this exploration with a formal education and degree in graphic design. Luly’s understanding of body movement arose from her numerous years as a fitness instructor, where she studied anatomy and physiology. “The woman and her body are the soul of the design,” she explains.

Liliane Montevecchi

Liliane Montevecchi

“I love to sculpt clothing around the organic shapes of the body and see it come alive in movement, creating the ideal balance between form and function,” states Luly. “Teatro ZinZanni is all about the joy of movement. I’m delighted to immerse my self and my staff in this special magical world.”

Bottega ZinZanni is directed by Norm  Langill with music direction by Norman Durkee. The scriptwriter is Sylvia Peto. Costumes are designed by Louise DiLenge and Beaver Bauer with Fashions by Luly Yang Couture. Lighting Design is by Peter Bracilano, properties are by Shauna Frazier. Ian Jamison is the Technical Director and Elise “Mo” Durocher is the associate director.

The Story of Bottega ZinZanni
Following his meteoric rise and fall in the European fashion world, Caesar (Frank Ferrante), once clothier to the Stars, has retreated to Seattle. Now wildly successful, he lures his former muse and lover, Liliane (Liliane Montevecchi), to witness his new life as a hip Club owner. Caesar convinces Liliane to unveil her fall collection at Teatro ZinZanni (renamed in her honor Bottega ZinZanni) instead of in Milan. A living legend and true fashion icon, Liliane believes that everyone can be fabulous and accepts Caesar’s invitation with relish. Embodying her philosophy that fashion is not something you put on but, a lifestyle, she looks forward to the challenge of awakening the sleeping fashionistas of the Great Northwest.

A stellar international cast of some of the world’s finest cirque, comedy and cabaret performers has been assembled for this show, including the legendary Tony-Award winner Liliane Montevecchi, American comedian Frank Ferrante, American opera singer Rachel DeShon, French acrobats Les Petits Freres, Ukrainian contortionist Vita Radionova, American acrobats Sam & Sandra and Alexa, and Chinese acrobats Ming & Rui.

Frank Ferrante as "Caesar"

Frank Ferrante as "Caesar"

Since its original opening in October 1998, Teatro ZinZanni has delighted audiences with its three-hour swirling stream of performance, music and comedy all presented in the elegance and intimate comfort of a beautiful, antique Belgian spiegeltent. Guests are seated restaurant style to watch the show unfold beside, around, and even above their tables as they enjoy a five-course gourmet feast designed by celebrated Northwest chef Tom Douglas. Hailed by The New York Times as “this city’s hottest ticket,” Teatro ZinZanni plays Wednesday through Sunday evenings at the spiegeltent located at 222 Mercer Street in the heart of Seattle Center’s Theatre District.  For reservations, call 206.802.0015 or visit zinzanni.org or at the box office at 222 Mercer Street.

Teatro ZinZanni is an independent, non-profit arts organization, created by One Reel, known for producing some of the Northwest’s premier arts events including Bumbershoot: The Seattle Music & Arts Festival, the Summer Nights Concert Series, and
The Chase Family 4that Lake Union, as well as a wide array of literary, educational, and cultural projects. A registered and qualified as a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt public charity, Teatro ZinZanni is dedicated to the communities it serves through performances, education and outreach.  For more information, visit zinzanni.org.