Acquisitions and inventory

By regularly expanding its collections with new costumes, the CNCS permanently ensures the respect of its development and acquisition policy. Its first collection made up of costumes from the collections of the National Library of France, the Comédie-Française and the National Opera of Paris,  has been rapidly enriched with donations and acquisitions from costume designers, theaters, dance companies, artists but also foundations like the Nureyev Foundation. 


The National Center of Stage Costume has as its main mission the constitution and preservation of a national collection whose interest is at the same time scientific and patrimonial. It regularly enriches its collections notably by a constant dialogue with theaters, troops, artists and other stakeholders in the world of live performing arts.

Since its creation, the museum has been solicited by numerous interlocutors wishing to preserve their heritage, receiving donations from costume designers (Christian Lacroix, Frank Sorbier), theatres and troops (Les Carnets Bagouet, le Ballet Atlantique Régine Chopinot, La Compagnie Contre-Jour d’Odile Duboc, L'Illustre Théâtre de Jean-Marie Villégier,…), from operas (Opera of Marseille), from artists and their families (Jacqueline François and Régine Crespin), …

In 2008, the Nureyev Foundation donated the Rudolf Nureyev Collection so that it may be presented to the public. A place dedicated to the memory of the dancer was opened in October 2013.

The inventory 

The CNCS systematically carries out the inventory and documentation of newly acquired costumes creating the basis of their study and completing the first information stage: creating a description of the elements and materials, labeling them with an attribution number, taking photographs, recording inscriptions, assessing their condition, summarizing documentation of the production to which the costume relates and for some of them, recording of the documentation kept at the Library-Museum of the Opera of Paris and the National Library of France: models, photographs of models, costume and artist files.

All this information is collected on a collection management software, catalogue inventory and documentary data. Consultable at the museum or partially on the internet site of the museum, this database enables all, the general public and professionals alike, to discover and study the extensive range of the collection.