Stepping into one of the most famous opera houses in the world was like going back in time to the 1900s, I somehow felt out of place for not wearing an elaborate corseted gown. If you ever find yourself in the city of love, visiting the Palais Garnier is a must.
The Palais Garnier (also known as Opéra de Paris) was designed by the then 35 year old architect Charles Garnier, who won a design competition to create this masterpiece. It was built during the Napolean III era and constructed within x years (1861 – 1875). This is where aristocrats came to watch the opera and ballet performances. It includes an array of baroque architecture, gliding staircases, an impressive use of marble and hanging chandeliers. But enough with the history lesson, let’s get to the costumes.
Throughout our self-guided tour of the building we were lucky enough to see the stunning costumes and tutus for various productions on display, some designed by the legendary Christian Laricox. These pieces were extravagantly detailed they have to be seen upclose to be truly appreciated.
Another highlight of this visit was the colourful dream-like painting on the roof of the auditorium, created by none other than Marc Changal. It took the artist a year and 200 kg of paint to complete the piece.
My favourite part of the visit was the grand foyer. Back in the day this was the place to see and be seen. The opulence of this room is on another level.
What do you think of the Palais Garnier?