Having created the costumes for over 25 operas,
plays and ballets, the famed French designer
Christian Lacroix is no stranger to the stage.
And now fans of his catwalk confections can fte
his outstanding theatrical output at this joyously
esoteric museum in the French town of Moulins
sur Allier. "Christian Lacroix, costumier" is the
modest title of an eye-opening show filled not just
with Lacroix's terrific costumes but also along with
photographs and videos the vivacious, colorful
sketches that inspired them. With sets by Michel
Albertini, the weaving tale told through the assured
and inventive handling of rich and clashing color,
of lace, shimmering satins and coquettish trims,
mirrors Lacroix's own evolution, as a couturier
springs to life. The staid formality of costumes for
Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte is juxtaposed with
the sherbet-shaded frilly cancan skirts of La Gait
Parisienne, 1989's Carmen with 1995's Phdre
or last year's Cyrano de Bergerac. A total of almost
150 costumes makes for a sinful confection
of couture-esque delights.

June 3 through November 11, 2007
Quartier Villars
Route de Montilly
03000 Moulins
T: +33 (0)4 70 20 76 20