Top 10 Style Icons in Classical Music

From the elegance of Callas to Danielle de Niese's satin sheen and Stephen Hough's dapper hats...

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Danielle de Niese, soprano

Ahead of Danielle de Niese's national tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in June, Richard Tognetti has described her voice as "exquisite", but he didn't fail to add that she's also "exquisite looking".

The striking young soprano shot to international stardom as the exotic temptress Cleopatra in the now legendary 2005 Glyndebourne production of Handel's Giulio Cesare (her union with Glyndebourne owner Gus Christie is something of a fairytale marriage). She also came to the attention of top fashion designer Donna Karan, who designed her wedding dress.

In a recent interview with Limelight, she rattled off an impressive list of fashion giants who have come calling for her favours. "Vivienne Westwood came to one of my concerts at the Barbican and offered to dress me for all my professional engagements. Her designs are truly amazing and so one of a kind and I am thrilled to wear her creations for all my appearances this spring, on BBC2’s “MAESTRO”, where I am on a panel of judges.

"Then there is Van Cleef and Arpels who give me millions of dollars in Jewelry to wear at my professional appearances, so I feel very fortunate to be in the same league as Maria Callas and Jackie Onassis who wore their one-of-a-kind creations.

"I am a big believer in being original and the importance of being comfortable in one’s own skin, and Donna Karan, Vivienne Westwood and Van Cleef and Arpels encapsulate that idea."

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