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Renee Fleming on how to dress a diva

Renee Fleming on how to dress a diva

When Renee Fleming appears Sept. 15 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for the BSO's Gala Celebration, the appeal will be both sound and sight. The world-renowned soprano is famous not just for her voice, but for her gowns, designed for her by the likes of Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano for Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix, Oscar de la Renta, Douglas Hannant and Angel Sanchez. We chatted with her about some of her favorites.

Is it fun to play dress-up in a way most of us just dream about?

Oh, yes. It's fun for designers, too, I think. It also sparks their imagination because of the legend of the diva onstage — and diva is the word because it means...