So what do people wear to the Bayreuth Festival? I know dress codes are a subject close to many readers' hearts. Contrary to expectation, I spotted only one dirndl during my entire stay. And the only unusual accessory was the one taking a rest from walkies above.
For men it's easy. Black tie is the order of the day, though plenty wear lounge suits instead. Women dressed with more variety in long gowns, cocktail wear or 'Sunday best'. The younger visitors were the most formal - the only opera gloves I saw were on under-30's. I wore a tiara one night and nobody blinked. Black trousers and a fancy jacket was the uniform of more seasoned visitors. Silk shawls were popular, either to keep the chill off bare shoulders or to posh up a more basic outfit. Not many were foolhardy enough to brave the cobbles in high heels.
International visitors conformed hilariously to national stereotype - the Americans resembled Oscar nominees, the Austrians in bridesmaid taffetas, the Italian lady in a candyfloss pink mink wrap, the leathery-chested French gran in her waist-slashed gown, the scruffy Brits with our boho jumble and messy hair. All the best-dressed women were German, which may indicate how Bayreuth registers on the barometer of international chic.
All the photos below were taken during intervals.
By the way, the Festspielhaus grounds are open to all, and the more casually-dressed folk below are just out for a stroll.