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  • A costume by Christian Lacroix for “Le Palais de Cristal” ballet.

  • A costume by Christian Lacroix for “Le Palais de Cristal” ballet.

  • A costume by Christian Lacroix for “Le Palais de Cristal” ballet.

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Christian Lacroix designs the costumes for Paris National Opera “Le Palais de Cristal” ballet

Christian Lacroix teams up once again with the Paris National Opera, this time designing the costumes for George Balanchine’s “Le Palais de Cristal”. George Balanchine, the acclaimed choreographer that is considered to be the father of American ballet, wrote “Le Palais de Cristal” in 1947, paying homage to the tradition of the Paris Opera Ballet. He was inspired by an early work by Georges Bizet, the “Symphony in C”, which the composer wrote at the age of 17 and was considered to be lost until it was rediscovered in 1933. “Le Palais de Cristal” is a ballet in four acts that were originally associated with the colors of four gemstones, with choreography that underlines the technical skills of the dancers. The ballet premiered with great success on Monday, July 28, 1947, in the Théâtre National de l’Opéra, and was later renamed “Symphony in C”, alluding to Bizet’s original score.

Christian Lacroix was inspired for the occasion by traditional dancers’ costumes and created a series of doublets for men and tutus for women, made out of embroidered velvet and tulle, in monochromatic tones of red, green, midnight blue and champagne. This is the fourth time that Lacroix has designed costumes for the Paris National Opera under his own name. In 1987, he created the costumes for “Tarnished Angel”, choreographed by Karol Ermitage, and continued with Bianca Li’s “Shéhérazade” in 2001 and Jean-Guillame Bert’s “La Source” in 2011, although his first designs for the French institution date back to the late eighties, under the guidance of legendary couturier Jean Patou. “Le Palais de Cristal” ballet, choreographed by George Balanchine, with costumes by Christian Lacroix, will be on view from May 10 to June 8 at the Opéra Bastille, Paris.