Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Power Dressing * Centre National du Costume de Scène * Moulins, France * Until 20 May 2013

The Centre National du Costume de Scène conserves the most prestigious collections in the world, on deposit from its three founding institutions - the Bibliothèque National de France, the Comédie-Française and the Opéra National de Paris as well as costumes donated to the CNCS by costume designers, theatres, theatre and dance companies, artists and their families. The main collection of the Centre National du Costume de Scène is composed of 8,500 costumes and accessories which come from productions that are no longer in the repertoire: theatre, opera, ballet,recitals etc. The oldest costumes in the collection date from the second half of the 19th century and the most recent were worn on stage at the beginning of the 21st century. Once the costumes enter the collections of the CNCS and are inventoried, they acquire the status of works of art, will never again be worn and will be treated with all the care given to works in museum collections.

Moulins is smack bang in the middle of France some 100 kilometres north of Clermont Ferrand and 300 kilometres south of Paris. If you are not able to make the exhibition, there is a book which can be obtained from Amazon. Click here for details.

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