"Barockissimo" which opens Saturday until September 18, brings together nearly 150 costumes and many iconographic reproductions of different productions of the course, among the most famous in the world.
"Power to the imagination"
Founded in 1979 and led by Franco-American harpsichordist and conductor William Christie, all named after an opera by French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier, has sought to rediscover with a wide public the french and European repertoire from the early 17th to the mid 18th century in limbo.(prom dresses online)
Les Arts Florissants, "is 30 years of rediscovery of Baroque opera through re-creations of all genres of the time, from old manuscripts and books, sometimes incomplete. It is imagination in power, "says musicologist and curator of the exhibition, Catherine Massip. This creativity is not limited to musical dimension, rather it flourishes on stage by the staging, sets and costumes ....
On time or contemporary, but still creative
The Centre National du Costume de Scene (CNCS), in a former cavalry barracks historic monument and which this year celebrates its ten years of existence, costumes follow but do not look at the image of the party took different stagings, period or resolutely contemporary.
For "Atys" tragedy of Jean-Baptiste Lully, who was nicknamed "opera King" Louis XIV and whose representation in 1986 marked the revival of Baroque music, sumptuous costumes Patrice Cauchetier blend lamé velvet, tulle, pleated ribbons and lace. Custom wigs of white powder lengthen in a bawdy abundant curls and a little crazy.
One dress, three meters long, three goddesses
In "Hippolyte et Aricie" by Jean-Philippe Rameau, the costume of the Fates, these mistresses deities of the fate of men, as one dress(http://www.dressesmallau.co/sexy-formal-dresses-c408/) three meters long, taffeta purple and adorned with silver embroidery and fringes, "one of kind".
"The costumes are used to embody the characters, many in the baroque. Singers and dancers opera should be easily identified by the audience through their shrouds and other symbols," says the curator of the exhibition.
Like the characters of "gallant Indies" also Rameau, who were taking the court of Louis XV in the distant and exotic travel. On the stage of the gay and festive opera-ballet cross female flowers whimsical dresses made up of colorful petals, god of the Inca Sun wearing a feather fan and an Ottoman pasha wearing a huge silk caftan decorated with croissants stylized moon.
But Les Arts Florissants costumes also often pay in modernity, as in "Theodora" by Georg Friedrich Handel, where some characters wear military uniforms; or for "Boréades" Rameau, whose black and feminine costumes are inspired by the figure "New Look" of fashion designer Christian Dior, who revolutionized fashion in the 1950s; or finally for "Plataea", brilliantly staged by Robert Carsen, making it a very personal tribute, with great humor, the world of fashion.