"I've never done men's clothes before and opera costumes are difficult," Alaia told Suzy Menkes. It's not his first foray into costume; the designer has previously created outfits for a French ballet, (A Thousand and One Nights by Angelin Preljocaj in Aix-en-Provence). "Ballet costumes are easier that opera because they are designed for movement," he explained.
The colourful set for the performance of Figaro was designed by Jean Nouvel - the artist that Alaia credited as the reason for his involvement in such an unusual project, situated half way across the world from his Paris base.
"Azzedine and I have been friends for many years and I see him as an architectural designer, with the structure, the geometry and the texture," said Nouvel.
The four performances of The Marriage of Figaro took place over the weekend at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, which saw Alaia's final designs take centre stage. For the men: bare chests, simple trousers and shapeless white suits; for the women, Alaia's signature skater skirts, sleek leather and knitted dresses, reports the International Herald Tribune. Alaia also dressed several members of the orchestra.
Last year, architect Mr Gehry and the Rodarte sisters collaborated on a production of Don Giovanni. For 2014, Zaha Hadid will create the set and Hussein Chalayan the costumes for a reimagining of Cosi Fan Tutte.