What to wear to Operanation: 10 partygoers share outfit inspiration ahead of this year’s event

The cherry blossoms may not be, but party season is here. First up? Operanation, the Canadian Opera Company’s (epic) annual gala fundraiser, which I co-chair. Anyone who attended last year’s event will know that I enjoy a zany theme and 2016 is no different. This year’s, Queen of The Night, is what you’d get if Mozart’s infamous villain took a stroll through Madonna’s “Human Nature” video—in a word? Latex. Another few? Seduction, badassery and hella good times.

As always, Operanation will blend opera with the arts, and feature a performance by Dragonette alongside the opera’s sopranos, a set from Toronto’s own Good Enough karaoke, a live floral mural by artist Gillian G, amongst others. To boot, the night’s raffle tickets will be sold in form of temp tattoos created just for the event by designer Tanya Taylor, artist Shary Boyle and tattoo artist Curtis Montgomery. #YasQueen.

Dress code is pretty high on the list of priorities, given that I’m a co-chair, and the liner notes sound something like: “Queen of the Night is Mozart’s fiercest villain. Invoke her spirit at Operanation in leather, lace and richly dark hues.” Below, see how 10 partygoers are interpreting it for their outfits.

Itching to join the party? A few tickets can still be found at operanation.ca. Buy at your own risk—you may just get whipped.