Anna Moffo on the set of the Italian film A Story of Love
10 November 1965
5 o'clock. The fitting of our Violetta in her Karinska costumes over. Everyone pleased. (from Beaton in The Sixties)
Cecil Beaton created glorious gowns for the opening season of the Metropolitan Opera Company's 1966 La Traviata at Lincoln Center-dressed in the reds and golds of the Met.
For the costumes, Beaton said "I wanted the colours to have a gold light-dark but sparkling, scintillating." Karinska made the gowns and headresses-scouring about for old laces, jet, tinsel, ribbons to get the effect -a look of-lushness-a heaviness indicative of 1860 that Beaton desired. Alfred Lunt's stage sets were designed by Beaton as well.
I have the worst ear for criticism; even when I have created a stage set I like,
I always hear the woman in the back of the dress circle who says she doesn't like blue.
gown for Violetta by Beaton, worn by Marisa Berenson in Vogue September 1966
In the 1966 production-Violetta was sung by coloratura soprano Anna Moffo.
Anna Moffo- as Violetta,1966, another Violeta costume, below
Madame Karinska, Russian born costume maker was much favored by Beaton. She had won an Oscar for her work on costumes for the 1948 film Joan of Arc. George Balanchine spoke to Beaton of her greatness-saying "There is no one like her. When she is gone, it will be finished..."
these images of the Beaton costumes- from mille fiori here