Ilaria Ariemme is a versatile Milan-based costume designer and stylist for theater, television, and events.
Ariemme was born in Turin, Italy, in 1982, and then moved to Milan, where she obtained her degree in Scenography and Costume Design for stage productions from Brera Academy of Fine Arts.
In the last few years she has been working on several opera projects for director Roberto Catalano, teaming up with him and set designer Emanuele Sinisi. As a result of the collaboration she designed and created the original costumes on Domenico Cimarosa’s “Il matrimonio segreto” produced by Opera di Tenerife and Giuseppe Verdi’s Operas “Il Trovatore” produced by Ente Marilisa De Carolis in Sassari and “Falstaff”, co-produced by Circuito Lirico Lombardo and Circuito Lirico Marchigiano.
Her recent works for Catalano also include Gaetano Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”, produced by Teatro Massimo of Palermo during the 2018 summer edition. Moreover, Ariemme designed costumes for the distich made up of Donizetti’s “Pygmalion” and Johann Simon Mayr’s “Che originali!”, produced by the 2017 Donizetti Festival. In 2018 she worked with Catalano on Verdi’s pocket opera “Traviata” produced by Aslico (Como, Italy), and later on she signed costumes on W.A. Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” for Antonine University of Beirut. Again, in 2018 she worked as costume designer on Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” (Aslico productions, 2017 Puccini Opera Pocket). Ariemme earlier collaborated with Catalano on the setting of two different versions and mise en scène of Gioacchino Rossini’s “Barbiere di Siviglia”, both of which debuted, respectively, at the Auditorium Niccolò Paganini of Parma and at the Church of Saint Joseph des Pères Jèsuites in Beyrut.
In 2019 she designed costumes for “Cavalleria rusticana” and “Pagliacci”, both directed by Maria Paola Viano, on stage at the annual Luglio Musicale Trapanese festival in Trapani, Italy.
In 2007, Ariemme teamed up with director Andrea Chiodi for a long-term prolific collaboration leading to several prose performances, such as a rendition of “A Midsummer Night's Dream” by W. Shakespeare produced by LAC (Lugano, Switzerland), the Euripides-inspired “Le Troiane”, written by Angela Demattè, Marina Carr’s “Hecuba”, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s “Apologia” and Richard Kalinoski’s “Beast on the Moon”, all of them produced by CTB. Under the direction of Andrea Chiodi, Ariemme also collaborated on “Fare Anima”, featuring the Italian popular actor Giacomo Poretti (Agidi productions); on William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” produced by LAC; on Aeschylus’ “The Persians” produced by Teatro Due (Parma, Italy), on “Lung ‘me la Fabrica del Domm” by Angela Demattè, staged in Milan in August 2015 on the Duomo Terraces, and on M.L. Spaziani’s “Giovanna d’Arco”. Ariemme also designed costumes for Gianni Ritsos’ “L’antica bellezza – Il mito di Elena” (featuring Italian theater actress Elisabetta Pozzi).
Ariemme’s latest works include costumes designed for the prose performance of Carlo Goldoni’s “La bottega del caffè”, directed by Igor Horvat, and Luigi Pirandello’s “Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore”, directed by Emiliano Masala, both of them produced by LAC (Lugano, Switzerland).
As set and costume designer, in the last few years Ariemme has been collaborating with the Milan-based theater company Teatro dei Gordi: she designed and produced setting, theater masks and costumes on “Sulla morte senza esagerare” (Scintille Prize award-winner in 2017), masks and costumes on “Visite” (co-produced by Teatro dei Gordi and Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan, Italy), and costumes on “Pandora”, co-produced by Teatro dei Gordi and Teatro Franco Parenti, which premiered in Venice at the Biennale Teatro 2020, 48th International Theater Festival.
She collaborates as a costume designer assistant for many different artists:
Ariemme has also been working as a set and costume designer on several youth theater productions by Elsinor Teatro Stabile di Innovazione (Italy).
In addition, she has been collaborating with renowned Event management companies such as Studio Festi and BWS.
As a Visual Artist, Ariemme was an active member of the international project “Platform 11+”, designing and producing set, costumes, and puppets on "What Light", directed by Katie Posner and produced by Pilot Theatre; the show premiered at the York Theatre Royal. Furthermore, she also worked on “Face me” (directed by Lotte Lohrengel and Tom Bellerby), which went on stage in Pilsen, Czech Republic.