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Swarovski, Christian Lacroix Team Up for Ballet

Costumes designed by Lacroix for "La Source" at the Opéra Nationale de Paris will feature more than two million crystals.

A sketch by Christian Lacroix for La Source at the Opéra de Paris

A sketch by Christian Lacroix for "La Source" at the Opéra de Paris.

Photo By courtesy Christian Lacroix for Opéra de Paris

RETURN TO THE SOURCE: Come nightfall in Paris on Oct. 22, the Eiffel Tower will have some serious competition in the sparkling department. Swarovski has armed Christian Lacroix with more than 2 million crystals to create costumes for “La Source,” a ballet choreographed by Jean-Guillaume Bart and running for 18 performances at the Opéra Nationale de Paris through Nov. 12.

The libretto is described as a typical 19th-century ballet, set in Persian palaces populated with elves, nymphs, hunters and slaves. Lacroix designed more than 100 costumes, blending ethnic influences, classicism — and a hint of Hollywood. Nadja Swarovski plans to host a dinner in Lacroix’s honor following a performance Nov. 3 at Palais Garnier.