Vestiaire de Divas: De Maria Callas à Dalida ("The Divas’ Closet: From Maria Callas to Dalida)
Centre National du Costume de Scène (CNCS), Moulins, France
June 5 through December 31
Quartier Villars, Route de Montilly, Moulins
T. +33 470 20 76 20
www.cncs.fr

The Centre National du Costume de Scène (CNCS) in Moulins, France, was founded in 2006 with the remit to exhibit costumes from the French performing arts, with a particular focus on clothing used in opera. Vestiaire de Divas: De Maria Callas à Dalida ("The Divas’ Closet: From Maria Callas to Dalida) is its current exhibition, which showcases the wardrobes of divas in the true sense of the word rather than the likes of Mariah Carey. Working form the origins of the word “diva”, the exhibition begins with the “divas” of 19th century Italian opera who brought not only a new style of singing to the art but also a new style of dressing as they were allowed to choose their own costume. Ball gowns, jewelry, feathered fans and other accessories are all exhibited in the show which is cleverly designed to look like a star’s dressing room complete with pink silk walls.