Dressing up the Diva
at the Centre national du costume de scène, until 31 December 2010
In the past, in the XIXth century, prima donnas were expected to arrive at the theatre with their own costumes. But with time habits changed and the show producer was then in charge of supplying these great ladies of the stage with their paraphernalia. These adulated goddesses of the opera and theatre were the famous Sarah Bernhardt, Maria Callas or Montserrat Caballé to name some of the greatest. The exhibition focuses on their costumes on stage, an indispensable ingredient of their fascination with their abundance of velvets, pearls, feathers and sequins. It draws from its own collections as well as from those of the Metropolitan Opera of New York, the San Carlo in Naples or the Mutuelle nationale des artistes (National Artists Society) and presents us Sarah Bernhardt’s purse as well as Edwige Feuillère’s costume in l’Aigle à deux têtes, designed by Christian Bérard.   Map

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