Skilled specialists of the Palais Garnier’s historic Couture ateliers hand-embroidered every tutu and lace bustier and embellished over 400 meters of tulle with vibrant Swarovski sew-on crystals, beads, and pearls. Components of the ensembles were treated to adornments as well with 90 hair ornaments, tiaras, and crowns bedecked with crystal stones and crystal motif appliques on delicate organza for butterfly wings. A staggering 1 million Swarovski crystals gilded the 210 dancer’s costumes which took 10,000 man-hours split among 70 artisans to complete. Lacroix commented, “The costumes, tiaras and crowns, embellished with fancy stones and sprinkled with crystal have been made possible thanks to the traditional yet very creative work of the Opéra de Paris’s Ateliers and the support of Swarovski.”
To magnify the magic, Swarovski is also partnering with the Opéra de Paris’ online platform, 3ème Scène, in order to, according to Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, “help bring the pleasures of dance to an even wider audience.” The platform seeks to break down the barriers between theater seat and cultural enthusiasts by showcasing original content from the industry’s leading artists and creatives so that viewers everywhere can have a chance to experience the allurement of the Opera.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream will offer twelve breathtaking ballet performances throughout March 2017 at the Opéra Bastille in Paris.