The national center for stage costumes and design

The CNCS conserves the most prestigious collections in the world, on deposit from its three founding institutions - the Bibliothèque national de France, the Comédie-Française and the Opéra national de Paris as well as costumes donated to the CNCS by costume designers, theaters, theater and dance companies, artists and their families. Today, more than 10,000 costumes and accessories are conserved in the ultra-modern reserves of this 18th century cavalry barracks: the costumes worn by Maria Callas in Norma in 1964, Jean Marais's armour in Britannicus in 1952, the tutus by Christian Lacroix for Les Anges ternis in 1987, the costumes by Philippe Découflé for the Olympic Games in Albertville in 1992 and many more.