Christian Lacroix, La Source and the Paris Opera Ballet

From June 16, 2012 to December 31, 2012
  • Détail du costume du Khan

    Détail du costume du Khan

    © Anne Deniau

  • Séance d’essai pour Karl Paquette dans son costume de Djemil en présence de Christian Lacroix

    Séance d’essai pour Karl Paquette dans son costume de Djemil en présence de Christian Lacroix

    © Anne Deniau

  • Travail des cristaux Swarovski sur les diademes des nymphes (faits sur mesures avec des cordes à piano et des cordes de guitare) et les colliers des Odalisques dans les ateliers décoration de l’Opéra Garnier

    Travail des cristaux Swarovski sur les diademes des nymphes (faits sur mesures avec des cordes à piano et des cordes de guitare) et les colliers des Odalisques dans les ateliers décoration de l’Opéra Garnier

    © Anne Deniau

Christian Lacroix, La Source and the Paris Opera Ballet 03000 Moulins fr

Worn on stage by the Paris Opera Ballet at the Palais Garnier in the autumn of 2011, the sumptous costumes for the ballet La Source, embroidered with Swarovski crystals, are presented in an exhibition organized by Christian Lacroix at the Centre national du costume de scène et de la scénographie (CNCS), in Moulins (Allier).


These costumes, of refined neo-classical style for the fantasy roles, tinted with orientalism and shimmering colors for the folk characters, bear witness to the dream world of Christian Lacroix. He spoke about this during the preparation of the ballet in the costume workshops of the Opéra national de Paris, saying, “I wanted to give the impression that these costumes, as well as the ballet, had come out of a long sleep with their freshness and memories, and, in addition to have the rustic aspects contrast with the opulence of the brocades, ornaments and jewels.”


Display cases and rooms will be decorated with the sources of inspiration for Christian Lacroix (documents, photographs and historic items of clothing), maquettes which he drew for each character as well as patterns, fabric samples, dye tests and prototypes. 


To explain this work, interviews and reports are shown as part of the exhibition. Brigitte Lefèvre, Jean-Guillaume Bart, Clément Hervieu-Léger, Christian Lacroix, Eric Ruf and the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet evoke the specifics of the creation of this ballet.


The visitor can also watch reports in the costume workshops (costume fittings, treatment of materials), the elaboration of the make-up design, the creation and mounting of the sets, the rehearsals, etc. In addition, there are numerous photographs taken by Anne Deniau in the costume and set workshops (creation, sewing, fittings, set-up…), during the dance rehearsals in studio and on stage, and reproductions from the archives of the Paris Opera Library-Museum (costume and set maquettes) which illustrate these various subjects.


Opening times


The CNCS is open 7 days a week.



  • September to June: from 10am to 6pm

  • July and August: from 10am to 7pm

  • Holiday closings: December 25, January 1, May 1

  • On december 24th and 31st, the CNCS will close at 4 pm

Admission fees and rates

  • Rate : 5 €
  • Reduced rate : 2.50 €
  • Free for children under 12 years old and disabled people

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