Costumes by Christian Lacroix for Balanchine's A Midsummer Nights Dream // © San Francisco Ballet, photo by Lindsey Rallo

Early Look: A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s Enchanting Costumes

Early Look: A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s Enchanting Costumes

Christian Lacroix’s Designs Arrive From Paris

When fashion meets the world of ballet, magic is bound to happen. Christian Lacroix, the celebrated French designer renowned for his extravagant designs for his fashion house, brought his unique artistic vision to life through his stunning costume designs for the Paris Opera Ballet's production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. The visually enchanting spectacle perfectly complements the whimsical charm of Shakespeare's classic tale. These designs make their North American debut when the ballet returns to our Opera House this Season.

Lacroix's ability to infuse opulence, historical references, and vibrancy into his designs found a perfect canvas in Shakespeare’s fantasy world. In this production, Lacroix didn't merely create costumes; he crafted exquisite works of art that became an integral part of the storytelling.

One of the standout elements of Lacroix's designs was the intricate and imaginative embroidery. His attention to detail is nothing short of remarkable, as he draws from wide-ranging influences to create a visual feast for the audience. The level of craftsmanship that went into each costume is a testament to his dedication to the art of fashion.

Lacroix's designs are an integral part of the narrative, enhancing the viewer's immersion into the enchanting world of Shakespeare's whimsical forest, filled with love, mischief, and magic. He manages to create costumes that transport the audience to a different era while still feeling relevant and fresh. The intricate embroidery, vivid colors, and historical inspirations breathe life into Shakespeare's timeless tale. This collaboration between one of France's most celebrated fashion designers and the world of ballet is reminder of the transformative power of art when two creative worlds collide.

See Lacroix’s designs onstage in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream March 12–23.

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