Trend Alert: Women in Menswear, Featuring Opera Theatre Saint Louis

Women are making a huge fashion statement this year by wearing menswear. From actress and musician Rachel Evan Wood’s fashionably strong looks during awards season, to the runway collections presented by designers like Oscar de la Renta and Prada, the menswear trend is showing a stronger return than ever before.

Rachel Evan. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Selection from Oscar De La Renta’s Runway Collection.

In theater, we are also seeing women playing “pants roles” fearlessly. This season, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis will present “Titus,” featuring two male characters played by females. The mezzo-soprano, Cecelia Hall, who sang a similar role with OTSL last season, is returning to sing the pants role in “Titus.”



Cecilia Hall. Photo by Dario Acosta, 2014.


When asked what fascinates her about playing male characters, Hall said: “I love playing pants roles! There is something very freeing about playing a boy on stage. Generally speaking, men allow themselves to take up more room – just watch the way men sit on a train. For me this translates into more physical ease and openness on stage. Back when Mozart was writing operas, it was much more titillating to see a woman in breeches (the knee-length pants of that period), or to see a woman kiss another woman on stage was a kind of transgression. I’m happy to be a part of that tradition, and I’m all for bending gender norms. Plus the music is amazing!”

Cecilia Hall. Photo by Ken Howard, 2016.



To see Hall in “Titus,” visit Opera Theatre’s Website