Costume design: Moulin Rouge! The Musical – Satine's Sparkling Diamond costume

Produced as part of Re:Imagining Musicals

Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a spectacle of romance and cabaret, set in the heart of Paris' bohemian scene during the Belle Époque era (1880 – 1914).

Bringing Baz Luhrmann's landmark film Moulin Rouge! (2001) to life on stage, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a musical mash-up extravaganza, immersing you in a world of splendour and glory.

Join Costume Designer Catherine Zuber and Curator Harriet Reed as they take us behind the scenes, introducing the real Moulin Rouge nightclub in Paris and showgirls of the time, as well as revealing the original design sketches for Satine's dazzling diamond-studded costume, and demonstrating how one vital mechanism is crucial for the costume's quick change on stage.

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The costume is now in the V&A's Theatre and Performance collection and can be seen as part of the Re:Imagining Musicals display until November 2023.

Background image: Moulin Rouge! The Musical production photography of the original London cast by Johan Persson and Matt Crockett