Dressing the Opera
From May 25th to November 3rd, 2019
The Paris Opera celebrates its 350th anniversary! On that occasion, the National Center of Stage Costume (NCSC in English/CNCS in French) presents an exceptional exhibition dedicated to the history of the Paris Opera stage costumes from the opening of the Palais Garnier in 1875 to the most recent productions at the Opéra Bastille.
The exhibition is conceived as a vast panorama. Its chronological approach is articulated around the major aesthetic currents in ballet and opera during the XIXth, the XXth and the XXIst centuries. The costumes, pictures, archives, video and models evoke the process of creation in opera and ballet through the emblematic successes of the Paris Opera repertory. A selection of more than 150 costumes, either preserved at the CNCS or coming from the Palais Garnier and the Opéra Bastille, punctuates the course of the exhibition. This great scenic fresco brings forth the creativity of the costume designers who embody the evolution of these aesthetic currents. It also highlights the savoir-faire of the costume workshops which carried out the projects. The exhibition also pays homage to the directors who not only launched these performances, but also chose the artistic teams.