Clothes Make the Opera

Costumes de légendes - 15.04 au 21.09.2014

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We spent a few days in the vibrant city of Lyon, and a highlight was a costume exhibit from the Lyon Opera. I was blown away by both the magnificent costumes and the inventiveness of how they were displayed. One dramatic room with rows of manikins reaching to the 20 foot ceiling showed how three different productions of The Magic Flute were interpreted over the past twenty years. The exhibit also included displays featuring all the disciplines involved in costume design and creation—pattern makers, seamstresses, tailors, embroiderers, boot makers, milliners, hat makers, wig makers, hairdressers and makeup artists. I know something about fabric and how it’s used, and the detail and boldness of these designs were impressive. Even my husband, not a great opera fan, was forced to agree that the exhibit was remarkable.

 

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