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The Paris Opera is Having a Massive Costume Sale

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Photo: Agathe Poupeney

There will be black and white velvet corsets handmade by Karl Lagerfeld from George Balanchine’s recent Brahms-Schönberg Quartet; red, green, midnight blue, and champagne tutus crafted by Christian Lacroix for Le Palais de Cristal ballet; and enchanting couture costumes from other operas and ballets made in collaboration with renowned designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Mary Katrantzou, and Iris van Herpen.

Situated at the ornate Palais Garnier, the Paris Opera is selling accessories, coats, dresses, shirts, vests, and hats from past productions no longer in its repertoire to support its future work. Many of the costumes available for purchase have been worn by internationally renowned opera dancers and singers.

The sale is taking place at the Berthier workshops in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. The valuable couture pieces are extremely accessible, ranging from €25 to €820 – but you better act fast as today is the last day to participate in the fashionable event. If you can’t make it, don’t fret – the Paris Opera’s schedule is overfilling with exciting upcoming showcases, including the ballet Renaissance, which will feature costumes designed by Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing. The ballet will run from June 13-18.

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