Right now, visitors can see an impressive collection of costumes at the famous Opera de Paris, also known as the Opera Palais Garnier in order to distinguish it from the Opera Bastille. This is because an exhibition called 'l'Etoffe de la Modernité' ('The Fabric of Modern Times') is currently being presented in the library of the renowned Opera house.
This exhibit invites visitors to discover the history of opera costumes as well as the various impacts that costumes have had on the evolution of opera and theater. It was only in the 18th century that costumes began to be created with the distinct goal of contributing beauty to the stage by themselves. They became more elaborate in order to highlight the actors, the singers and the set. Plus, artists became a fixture in costume workshops for the first time, and their work led to the development of stylists trained in creating beautiful costumes.
Modern stylists such as Christian Lacroix, Kenzo and Marc Chagall have all acknowledged the importance of stage costumes in modern fashion, These designers believe in the harmony that must be established between stage costumes and the current fashion aesthetics. For this reason, the relationship between stage costumes and fashion design has gotten much stronger these past few decades. Just as costumes must be influenced by current fashion, the latest trends are now often inspired by ensembles that have been seen on stage.
At the Opera Garnier, the exhibition 'l'Etoffe de la Modernité' explores this evolution of stage costumes as well as their interaction with contemporary fashion. Plus, visitors can continue the visit with a tour of one of Paris's most famous landmarks. Guests staying at one of the Grands Hotels Parisiens can take advantage of this opportunity until September 30, 2012.