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Stefano Nicolao

Stefano Nicolao Costume maker
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A life in costume

  • • Stefano Nicolao has made period costumes for 40 years
  • • He has created the costumes for many famous films
  • • He considers his creations to be his children

When he was at high school, Stefano Nicolao wanted to become an actor. But he later realised that instead of standing on the stage, he actually loved being backstage. He became a tailor, then a costume designer and maker and, in 1980, opened Nicolao Atelier. Since then the company has produced period costumes for famous opera houses, theatres, ballet companies and film studios all over the world. An example of fine Italian craftsmanship, Stefano Nicolao's work is a label of excellence.

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Farinelli La Voce Regina

This costume was created for La Voce Regina, a biographical film on the life of celebrated Italian castrato singer Farinelli. The costume, made out a wide variety of materials, including velvet, brocade, leather and feathers, was worn in the film by Italian actor Stefano Dionisi.

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Barber of Seville, Count Almaviva

Created for the Rossini opera Barber of Seville, this costume was worn by the opera singer playing the role of Count Almaviva. The opera was staged at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice.

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Madame Butterfly

Stefano was commissioned by the Teatro La Fenice Foundation to create the costumes for the Puccini opera Madame Butterfly. This rendition of the opera, based on the 1989 book by John Luther Long, was staged at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice.

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