In a recent post I explored the connection between theatre and fashion and also mentioned French designer Christian Lacroix’s work for the stage.
Lacroix often claimed in interviews that he's very passionate about his role as costumier. Indeed this job allows him to put his art at the service of directors, set designers and actors and to share their world, their imagination and inspirations.
His costumes are based on one main principle: the theatre is a fantastic world, a place where dreams can be turned into reality and everything is possible. Theatre shows, opera and ballet are indeed considered by Lacroix as the exact opposites of the more selfish and smaller universe of fashion and haute couture in particular, this is why the former allows to eclectically combine different styles, colours, techniques and fabrics such as velvet, muslin, crepe, tyvek and latex.
In that post I also mentioned the exhibition “Christian Lacroix The Costumier” that is currently on at the National Museum of Singapore. Among the most beautiful costumes exhibited there, visitors will be able to see also those for Carmen, staged in 1989 and directed by Antoine Bourseiller.
Carmen’s black velvet dress was inspired by bullfighters’ uniforms and featured gold trimmings, while the gypsy women wore boleros tied to the waist and skirts made up of various fabrics in vivid floral, polka dot and paisley prints with structures of metal wires that held in place large frills and created in this way movement even while the dancers were still.
If you want to know more about Lacroix's costumes exhibited in Singapore, you can read my piece on Dazed Digital.
Image of Christian Lacroix's costume for Carmen courtesy of the National Museum of Singapore